Beyond Limits sculptures exhibition opens

The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire beside the Jaume Plensa sculpture at the Beyond Limits exhibition.

Allen Jones has created a specially commissioned work for the 2013 Beyond Limits exhibition at Chatsworth House.

He is part of a strong British contingent among the international artists displaying more than 20 monumental sculptures at the exhibition.

The Duke of Devonshire said: “He is a good friend of ours. We have long been admirers and collectors of Allen’s work and a few years ago we commissioned him to create what became his ‘Déjeuner sur l’Herbe’ sculpture, which is one of the garden’s highlights.”

Arabesque is an outstanding example of Jones’ inimitable style and is captivatingly lithe and energetic.

The Duke described the exhibition as an eclectic collection of really beautiful pieces and said that Cyclone Twist by Alice Aycock was probably one of the tallest pieces they had ever had. However it was the  Jaume Plensa work entitled Marianna that the Duchess of Devonshire admitted was her favourite. “It really has to be the Plensa,” she said when asked which she admired the most.

Running for six weeks from September 9 until October 27, Beyond Limits will display the best in contemporary sculpture from around the world.

The other British artists, including Marc Quinn and Bill Woodrow will be exhibiting alongside the likes of  Mario Merz, Manola Valdés and Juan Muñoz.

Spread out across the Peak District estate’s 105-acre garden, this year’s Beyond Limits exhibits are notable for their range of materials – from the traditional, such as bronze and stone, to fibre-glass, aluminium, steel and acrylic.

The diversity of these international artists’ works represents some of the most original monumental sculpture being made today.

Also on show will be a magnificent pavilion by Thomas Heatherwick, designer of London’s Olympic Cauldron.

Exhibits will be on display from 11am-6pm every day at no extra charge beyond normal garden admission.

There is a guide leading you to the location of each sculpture in the gardens and you could easily spend the best part of a day exploring the grounds and experiencing the fantastic contemporary art.

Commenting on this year’s exhibition, which is curated by Sotheby’s, Alexander Platon, head of private sales, Europe, said: “There is no better setting in the world than the historic gardens of Chatsworth, where, this year, we are delighted to showcase a stellar group of works by some of the world’s leading contemporary sculptors.”

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Arabesque by Allen Jones
Arabesque by Allen Jones
Cyclone Twist by Alice Aycock
Cyclone Twist by Alice Aycock