In celebration of its tenth annual exhibition of monumental outdoor sculpture at Chatsworth, Sotheby’s has invited respected art historian and commentator Tim Marlow, Artistic Director of the Royal Academy, to join forces with its specialist team in creating a stimulating and innovative show.
Bringing together works by leading pioneers in the field, Beyond Limits: The Landscape Of British Sculpture 1950-2015 will provide a spectacular overview of the achievements of British sculptors since the mid-twentieth century – all woven through the historic grounds of one of Europe’s greatest country estates, the ancestral seat of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.
Over the last nine years, Sotheby’s Beyond Limits has firmly established itself as one of the most prestigious platforms for the display and sale of modern and contemporary outdoor sculpture, and a key event in the art world calendar.
The idea was first conceived by Melanie Clore, Sotheby’s Chairman, Europe, who said: “Since its inception, Beyond Limits has proved to be a consistently surprising and exhilarating annual art event. To mark its tenth year, we are thrilled to be staging our first themed exhibition and to have Tim Marlow working together with Simon Stock, our Senior International Specialist, bringing their expertise and tremendous energy and vision to curating this outstanding show of British sculpture in the grounds of Chatsworth.”
Tim Marlow comments: “Combining a selection of some of the most exciting and important monumental sculpture with the extraordinarily beautiful gardens at Chatsworth, we’ve been able to curate an exhibition that responds to the growing interest in outdoor sculpture, and also explores and celebrates the rise of British sculpture. The relationship of the landscape to the works on display is integral – whether they were directly inspired by or conceived in opposition to the idea of landscape. The result, I hope, will be a sparky, creative conversation between some of the best British sculpture of the last 65 years and one of the greatest of all British country houses and its surrounding landscape.”
Beyond Limits: The Landscape Of British Sculpture 1950-2015 – Chatsworth House – 14 September to 25 October 2015