“Chatsworth House”

“Lilas”, the Zaha Hadid pavilion, on sale at Sotheby’s

Created in 2007 for the Serpentine Gallery’s summer fair, Zaha Hadid’s “Lilas” pavilion is part of the 11th yearly “Beyond Limits” exhibition at Sotheby’s. The event focuses on outdoor sculptures from the modern and contemporary era, and is visible until 30 October in the historic gardens of Chatsworth House in Derbyshire – the former seat of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Apart from the pavilion, the exhibition offers 19 sculptures, namely by Cristina Iglesias, Bruce Munro, Erwin Wurm and Joana...

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“Beyond Limits 2014”: Sotheby’s Annual Selling Exhibition At Chatsworth House

Running from 8 September until 23 October, Sotheby’s will present its 9th annual selling exhibition entitled “Beyond Limits” at Chatsworth House — the ancestral seat of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.  “Beyond Limits” is to feature 22 sculptures by modern masters such as: Aristide Maillol, Eduardo Chillida, Germaine Richier and Giacomo Manzù, as well as contemporary artists including: Marc Quinn, Christopher Le Brun, Lawrence Holofcener, Michal Rovner and Xu Bing. Artists who have previously exhibited at the Chatsworth House selling exhibition include: Damien Hirst, Marc Quinn, Jaume Plensa, Manolo Valdés and Thomas Heatherwick.  “This year’s ‘Beyond Limits’ is remarkable both in terms of the range of major works and the unprecedented way in which we’ve been able to display them, allowing for exciting new dialogues with both the buildings and the landscape at Chatsworth. Sotheby’s has been staging exhibitions here for nine years now, and yet every year, each new group of works interacts with this extraordinary location in a host of new and unexpected ways,” explains curator of the exhibition Simon Stock from Sotheby’s. The private house will be open to the public throughout the duration of the...

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Michael Craig-Martin’s sculptures at Chatsworth House

Chatsworth (United Kingdom), 19 March 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). Michael Craig-Martin has unveiled his latest series of sculptures in the grounds of Chatsworth House in Northern England. Until 29 June, visitors to the country estate will have the opportunity to discover an exhibition of twelve sculptures by the artist. Craig-Martin’s painted steel sculptures, six of which have been created specifically for this installation, play with the concept of everyday objects. Considerably enlarged, these objects create an complex dialogue with the landscape when juxtaposed with Chatsworth’s historic gardens. Examples of the unconventional nature of the objects used by the artist include a high heel shoe, an umbrella and a wheelbarrow. The occasion also includes an exhibition inside the house, curated by Craig-Martin and using Chatsworth’s significant art collection. The artist has personally selected both sculptures and Old Master drawings to create a novel tour of the house, which is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Michael Craig-Martin was born in Dublin in 1941, and studied painting at Yale University. He is renowned for having taught and influenced several of the Young British Artists while they were still students at Goldsmiths College in London, including Gary Hume, Sarah Lucas, and Damien Hirst. His work features in the collections of London’s Tate, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and Paris’s Centre...

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UK’s Ed Vaizey blocks Raphael purchase by New York billionaire Leon Black

London, 25 June 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). UK’s Minister for Arts, Ed Vaizey, has placed a temporary export ban on Head of a Young Apostle (c.1520), a drawing by Raphael, sold to New-York based Leon Black during an auction at Sotheby’s London in December. The work was part of the Duke of Devonshire’s collection at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, since the 1700s. Vaizey hopes to keep the work in a UK-based collection, and has stated: “I hope that placing a temporary export ban on the Raphael will allow time for a UK buyer to come forward and secure this magnificent example of Raphael’s work for the nation.” The export ban currently runs until 3 July, but could be extended to January 2014 if a museum or institution is able to raise the required sum. Black purchased the drawing for £29m, three times its original estimate, setting a new record for the sale of a work on paper. The billionaire is the founder of private-equity group Apollo Global Management and has an existing art collection with an estimated value of $750m, including a drawing by Raphael and works by Picasso and Van Gogh. When questioned about the export ban at this year’s Art Basel, Black refused to comment. Vaizey is hopeful that a buyer will come forward, citing a previous case in which Manet’s Mademoiselle Claus, also at risk of leaving the UK, was purchased by Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum for...

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Ten Rembrandt landscapes exhibited at the Old Master Drawings Cabinet in Chatsworth

Chatsworth (United Kingdom), 20 March 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). From 10 March to 31 July, Chatsworth’s is launching an exhibition titled “Views from the riverbank: landscapes by Rembrandt,” dedicated to the works of the painter whose style is known for being simple and spontaneous. Ten works will be exhibited at the Old Master Drawings Cabinet. According to the curator Hannah Obee, the event is “a private window on drawings made for pleasure.” These landscape views of the vicinity of Amsterdam show Rembrandt’s skillfulness in blending atmospheric effects and creating space through uncluttered lines, as well as his new use of blank parts in his paintings. Dated in the 1650s, these works were painted during a very joyful time in the artist’s life, at the moment he met his lover Hendrickje Stoffels. These works are private drawings that stayed in the artist’s studio, then with his pupil Goveart Flinck, and were eventually sold by the latter’s son after his death. The drawings are being exhibited for the first time since their acquisition by the second Duke of Devonshire in 1724/25. Rembrandt’s work, titled King Uzziah, will also be shown at the exhibition. The exhibition includes: A thatched cottage by a large tree, a figure seated outside; View of the River Ij from the Diemerdijk, which was supposedly wrought on the same day as A thatched cottage by a large tree, a figure seated outside; View on the Amstel. At the end of this event, the drawings will be stored in a dark place, away from the public during a period of at least four...

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