I took advantage of the glorious autumn sun on Sunday to stroll around the Beyond Limits sculpture exhibition at Chatsworth.
It’s an annual highlight of my arts calendar in Derbyshire, but due to a combination of rainy weekends and my long September holiday I missed out on its early weeks. Beyond Limits opened on September 7 and closes in less than two weeks on October 28 so there is not much time left to catch it.
If you are a fan of sculptor Barry Flanagan it is definitely worth making the effort. There are 15 exhibits including the Elephant, the Bronze Horse, the Large Troubador and my favourite the Nijinski Hare – which is on the right among my pictures above.
Flanagan, who died of motor neurone disease aged 68 in 2009, was considered one of the most versatile, imaginative and radical sculptors of his generation and his characteristic bronze hares, are a playful foil to the grandeur of their surroundings at the Peak District Stately home.
Spread out across Chatsworth’s 105-acre garden, the 2012 Beyond Limits has attracted art-lovers from around the globe including America, Asia and the Middle East, where Flanagan’s work is avidly collected.
At the opening The Duke of Devonshire described Flanagan as one of the most important British sculptors of the 20th century, and said Chatsworth was delighted to have the opportunity to display such a large selection of his works.
The sculptor is best known for several permanent public sculptures, such as Nine Foot Hare in the Victoria Plaza Hotel and Leaping Hare on Crescent and Bell at Broadgate, London, as well as his giant bronze, Hare on Bell, at the Equitable Life Tower West in Manhattan.
Beyond Limits, Sotheby’s At Chatsworth: A Selling Exhibition of Monumental Sculpture is open daily from 11am-6pm until October 28. Admission to Chatsworth gardens is £10.