Chatsworth has announced details of two major new exhibitions opening in the
house and surrounding park in spring 2022.
Living With Art We Love: An exhibition presented by the Duke and Duchess of
Devonshire taking place in the house from 26 March to 9 October features favourite
items from their acquisitions over the past 40 years, few of which have been on public
display, including paintings, sculpture and furniture, and including some works from
the historic collection with a section dedicated to Lucian Freud in that artist’s centenary
Radical Horizons: The Art of Burning Man at Chatsworth is a large-scale exhibition in
the publicly accessible 1000 acre park surrounding the house, which sees 12
monumental sculptures from Burning Man, held in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, going
on display in the UK for the first time from 9 April to 1 October.
The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, said: “We’re delighted to be announcing this
celebratory programme for Chatsworth. The exhibition in the house is a marker in time
- a record of our acquisitions that we want to share with others - while the sculptures
in the park continue the great tradition of the estate as a backdrop for contemporary
works. We very much hope that visitors find inspiration here in this special place.”
Living With Art We Love
The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire are longstanding supporters of artists and
makers alike and have collected works throughout their lives. This exhibition brings
the artworks that they live with and love into the public areas of the house to share
with visitors for the first time.
Specially selected objects include paintings, sculpture, furniture, ceramics and textiles.
Contemporary artworks by Michael Craig Martin, Edmund de Waal, Natasha Daintry
and Felicity Aylieff – artists actively collected and commissioned by the Duke and
Duchess – are shown alongside historic art from the Devonshire Collections rarely
seen in public, including major works by Poussin, Rembrandt and Boltraffio.
The exhibition also includes a special section on ‘Freud at Chatsworth’ dedicated to
Lucian Freud, which sees all the artist’s paintings, drawings and prints in the
Devonshire Collections on display together in his centenary year. These works span
the entirety of Freud’s career and include the major themes of his oeuvre: portraits of
his mother, partners, friends, family, and animals. Andrew Cavendish, 11th Duke of
Devonshire, began collecting and commissioning work by Freud after the two men
became friends in the late 1940s. Freud spent time at Chatsworth and in total painted
six members of the 11th Duke's family over a period of 20 years.
Alexandra Hodby, Senior Curator of Programme at Chatsworth, said: “It is wonderful
to bring together this group of works, which represent the span of Freud’s life, and
celebrate his relationship to the Cavendish family over many years. We’re grateful to
private lenders, who have allowed us to bring back two paintings which were once part
of the Devonshire Collections, and reunite them with the works at Chatsworth.”
The Art of Burning Man at Chatsworth
Radical Horizons: The Art of Burning Man at Chatsworth is an ambitious sculpture
exhibition designed to celebrate a shared culture of making and collaboration. Burning
Man is a unique event that usually takes place annually in the Black Rock Desert in
Nevada, USA, and Chatsworth has worked with the Burning Man team and artists to
bring its distinctive culture of possibility and creativity to the Derbyshire landscape.
Chatsworth and Burning Man were introduced by Sotheby’s, who saw a synergy
between the two organisations in their commitments to creativity and community.
The exhibition features eight existing sculptures and four works built on site, including
three new participatory sculptures that will be created in the parkland with the help of
visitors and local community groups over the course of the year, mirroring the build
process at Burning Man that sees teams of recycled or unusual materials. Free to
access and enjoy for all, the exhibition also benefits from a dedicated engagement
programme working with communities of people who generally find Chatsworth hard
to access, offering activities designed to leave a legacy of creative possibility and new
connections with people.
The Burning Man artists featuring at Chatsworth are: Dana Albany (San Francisco,
US); Mr & Mrs Ferguson (California, US); Charles Gadeken (San Francisco, US);
Arturo Gonzales (Coahuila, Mexico); Adrian Landon (New York, US); Benjamin
Langholz (California, US); Randy Polumbo (New York, US); Shrine – Brent Allen
Spears (Los Angeles, US); Christina Sporrong (New Mexico, US); Bryan Tedrick
(California, US); Margaret Long and Orion Fredericks (California, US); Rebekah
Waites (Los Angeles, US).
Kim Cook, Director of Creative Initiatives at Burning Man, said: “We’ve come to
understand Chatsworth as a place to foster innovation, creativity, thoughtfulness and
thinkers since its early days, something that is also central to our work and ethos at
Burning Man. Our hope is that the art in the landscape will provoke joy, new ways of
viewing, and be an invitation to make up your own story about meaning as you explore
the beautiful expanse of Chatsworth.”
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Chatsworth is home to the Devonshire family, and is located in the Peak District
National Park. The house, many of its contents and much of the surrounding
landscape are leased to a registered charity, the Chatsworth House Trust. The family
pay rent to the charity to live at Chatsworth and work with the charity and others to
welcome Chatsworth’s visitors.
Every penny of visitor admission goes directly to the Chatsworth House Trust, which
is dedicated to the long-term preservation of Chatsworth House, the collections,
garden, woodlands and park for the long-term benefit of visitors. The charity promotes
the study and appreciation of Chatsworth as a place of historic, architectural and
artistic interest and of natural beauty, and encourages the use and enjoyment of
Chatsworth by visitors for education and recreation.
Chatsworth is a member of the Treasure Houses of England, 10 of the most
magnificent palaces, stately homes and castles in England.
Chatsworth is part of the Devonshire Group, which comprises the Devonshire family’s
interests, charities and businesses throughout the UK, including Chatsworth which sits
within the Derbyshire Estate, Bolton Abbey Estate in Yorkshire, and Lismore Estate in
Chatsworth is only 10 miles from Chesterfield train station, 14 miles from Sheffield
train station, 16 miles from the M1, and it well served by regional bus services.
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About Burning Man Project
The non-profit organization Burning Man Project produces the annual Burning Man
event in Black Rock City, and works year-round to extend and facilitate the culture that
has grown from the event into the larger world. Burning Man Project provides
inspiration, connection, education, and grants to a creative ecosystem of builders,
makers, artists, and community leaders. The non-profit develops programming in arts,
education, and civic engagement based on Burning Man’s 10 Principles that people
can replicate in their own communities. An ever-growing global network of individuals,
organizations, and communities supports and furthers these efforts in 44 U.S. states
and 37 countries around the world.
Radical Horizons: The Art of Burning Man at Chatsworth is supported using public
funding by Arts Council England, and by Art Fund, the national fundraising charity for
Established in 1744, Sotheby’s is the world’s premier destination for art and luxury.
Sotheby’s promotes access, connoisseurship and preservation of fine art and rare
objects through auctions and buy-now channels including private sales, e-commerce
and retail. Our trusted global marketplace is supported by an industry-leading
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Masters, Chinese Works of Art, Jewelry, Watches, Wine and Spirits, and Interiors,
among many others.
Inspired by creators and collectors and the transformative power of art and culture,
Sotheby’s initiated the collaboration between Chatsworth and Burning Man. Sotheby’s
has been a long-term Arts Partner of Chatsworth, which hosted pioneering selling
exhibitions of monumental contemporary sculpture, ‘Beyond Limits’; in 2021, during
the pandemic, it partnered on an auction with Burning Man to provide a platform for
Burning Man artists and to help raise funds for its non-profit commitment to art.
Sotheby’s felt the mutual commitment to creativity and community could form the basis
of what promises to be one of the great cultural events of 2022.