The new exhibition at Nottingham contemporary opened this week. Pablo Bronstein And The Treasures Of Chatsworth includes 62 works of fine and decorative art – Chatsworth’s largest loan for 30 years – including works by Rembrandt, Inigo Jones and Franz Hals, which will appear alongside architectural drawings by contemporary artist, Pablo Bronstein.
Bronstein’s large architectural drawings run all around the large gallery, which are inspired by the Via Appia, the earliest and most strategically important road out of Rome. Depicting churches, mansions and mausoleums, these large works are really interesting, intricate, and enthralling.
In this gallery you will also see the huge coronation chairs of William IV and Queen Adelaide. These are massively imposing and drew a very large crowd at the opening – I would loved to have gone and taken a seat in one of them!
Among several marble fragments at the exhibition, there is a massive left foot from a huge statue of a goddess, believed to be around eleven metres high when still whole, which was acquired by the 6th Duke of Devonshire in Italy in 1839. Interestingly, the foot, which is in amazingly good condition, shows corns on two of the toes.
There is also a selection of highly decorative, if rather ostentatious, silverware on show, including some of the largest pieces made by the most famous Regency silversmith, Paul Storr. Also, Delft earthenware flower pyramids which were designed to display exotic flowers, which were fashionable between 1688 and 1710.
The middle gallery has been decked out in dark wood paneling to show off the wonderful paintings, mirrors, drawings and illustrations from the Chatsworth collection. You can also see pieces of highly decorative, gilded furniture (which I am sure are a total nightmare to clean.)
The exhibition opening was very well attended, so much so, that another visit is in order really. With so many people milling around it was a bit of a challenge to get near the exhibits. I would like to return when there is more space to really look at, appreciate and enjoy the exhibits.
The exhibition runs till 20th September 2015 at The Nottingham Contemporary. Opening times are;
Tues – Sat 10:00 – 18:00
Sun 11:00 – 17:00
Bank Holidays 10:00 – 18:00