Chatsworth has always been a centre for creativity, with successive generations of the Devonshire family commissioning art and design contemporary to their times.
Our 2023 exhibition, ‘Mirror Mirror: Reflections on Design at Chatsworth’, reflected on that history and introduced new works to the house and garden, continuing the legacy into the present day.
Co-curated with writer, historian and curator, Glenn Adamson, the exhibition placed original works in direct relationship to the historic design at Chatsworth. Through their material, construction or purpose, the works transcended time to connect with their historic spaces and items preserved in the Devonshire Collections, while raising topical and urgent issues affecting us now, such as climate change, sustainability and equality.
Sixteen international artists and designers provided works for the exhibition, including Ini Archibong, Michael Anastassiades, Wendell Castle, Andile Dyalvane, Ndidi Ekubia, Najla El Zein, Formafantasma, Joris Laarman, Max Lamb, Fernando Laposse, Jay Sae Jung Oh, Samuel Ross, Chris Schanck, Ettore Sottsass, Faye Toogood, and Joseph Walsh.
Learn more about the curation and design of the exhibition in this short film from our exhibition partner, Dezeen.
Running time: 4 minutes.
In this film, Chatsworth's senior curator of programme, Dr Alexandra Hodby, leads a tour of the Mirror Mirror exhibition, introducing each work and explaining how it connects with its historic setting.
Running time: 16 minutes.