Burning Man first comes to Chatsworth in the UK for carvings typically found in the Nevada desert

A dozen monumental sculptures are to be displayed in the estate’s 1,000-acre park from April in what has been hailed as a UK first for the “ambitious” free exhibition.

It comes as details are revealed for a large display inside the country house, featuring some of the Cavendish family’s favorite acquisitions, some never before seen in public.

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The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire said: “We are delighted to announce this celebratory program for Chatsworth.

Burning Man – Peter 27 by Benjamin Langholz. Image by Dan Adams.

“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 carry on the great tradition of the estate as a backdrop for contemporary works.

“We sincerely hope that visitors will find inspiration here in this special place.”

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It was Sotheby’s that first saw the connections, in creativity and community between Chatsworth and Burning Man, that led to the launch of Radical Horizons: The Art of Burning Man.

Burning Man – The Attrata by Margaret Long and Orion Fredericks © Meike Gugel

Inside, there will be eight existing sculptures and four more to be built on site. Three of them will be created with the help of visitors and community groups, as is the tradition of the desert.

Burning Man is typically hosted each year in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, USA, and collaborating with artists brings its “distinctive” creativity to Chatsworth for the first time.

Kim Cook, Director of Creative Initiatives at Burning Man, said: “We have come to understand Chatsworth as a place for innovation, creativity, thought and thinkers since its inception, which is also at the heart of our work and philosophy at Burning. Man.

“Our hope is that the art in the landscape will spark joy, new ways of seeing and be an invitation to invent your own story about meaning as you explore the beautiful expanse of Chatsworth.”

Wings of Glory by Adrian Landon © Adrian Landon.

Even though Radical Horizons is hosted in Chatsworth Park from April 9 to October 1, a second major exhibition is also due to start in the country house.

Living with the Art We Love, presented by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, will showcase some of their favorite acquisitions over the past 40 years.

The collection includes a selection of paintings, ceramics, furniture and textiles as well as a special section on “Freud at Chatsworth”.

Duke and Duchess of Devonshire © Chatsworth House Trust

This dedication, honoring the artist’s centenary year, brings together paintings and prints collected and commissioned by the 11th Duke of Devonshire Andrew Cavendish.

The pair had become friends in the late 1940s, with Freud spending time in Chatsworth painting six members of the 11th Duke’s family over a 20-year period.

The works span Freud’s entire career and include the major themes of his work: portraits of his mother, partners, friends, family, and animals.

Living With Art We Love, featuring contemporary works by Michael Craig Martin, Edmund de Waal, Natasha Daintry and Felicity Aylieff alongside historical works by Poussin, Rembrandt and Boltraffio, will take place inside the house from March 26 to October 9.

Alexandra Hodby, Senior Curator of Programs at Chatsworth, said: “It is wonderful to bring together this group of works, which represent the span of Freud’s life, and to celebrate his relationship with the Cavendish family over many years.

Burning Man – The Flybrary by Christina Sporrong and Murder Inc by Charles Gadeken © Photography by Tex Allen.

“We are grateful to the private lenders, who enabled us to bring back two paintings which were once part of the Devonshire collections, and reunite them with the Chatsworth works.”


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Living with the Art We Love – Lucian Freud Portrait of a Man (Andrew Cavendish, 11th Duke of Devonshire) 1971-1972. The Devonshire Collections, Chatsworth © The Lucian Freud Archives. Reproduced with permission from Chatsworth Settlement Trustees/Bridgeman Images
Living With Art We Love – Michael Leonard portrait of Amanda Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, then Marchioness of Hartington, with a ‘George’ parakeet, 1981. Acrylic on canvas © Michael Leonard