Beyond Limits 2016


This was the third year we’d visited Chatsworth to see the annual Beyond Limits exhibition of modern sculpture organised by Sotheby’s. Our visit was a little later in the year but we were lucky with the weather – a fine sunny autumn day late in October.

On arrival we were disappointed to be told that two of the works weren’t on display. This included, Lilas,  the large structure by Zaha Hadid. This featured in muchof the publicity for the exhibition and is also on the cover of the catalogue. We discovered it had been removed as the site was to be used for the Chatsworth bonfire. Rather inappropriate and bad planning we thought. Black mark to Chatsworth.

The other missing work was Time and Again by David Munro, 108 engraved stainless steel lily pads floating on the canal pond, which, the exhibition catalogue tells us

was conceived specifically for the renowned Canal Pond at Chatsworth House

Looking at the photograph in the catalogue and the Sotheby’s website of works from the exhibition, the work looks impressive and I’d I’ve liked to have seen it in-situ. We couldn’t find out why this had been removed – perhaps they’d sunk!. Whatever the reason, another black mark.

So what was on show?


Red Mountain Head by Emily Young



Folium by Charles Hadcock who I’d first encountered when he had a small exhibition of works displayed at the Mill on the Pier in Wigan a few years ago. I rather liked this work

designed with mathematical precision, the interlocking arms of the two halves form a perfect sphere, whilst the spirals at the centre of each half recall the coiled circles of ammonites.


L’Abbraccio di Ettore a Andromaca (The embrace of Hector and Andromache) by Giorgio de Chirico – a modern take on Classical sculpture



Donna Sdraiata by Fernando Botero



Black Beast. This was instantly recognisable as a work by Lynne Chadwick


Fruit Cake by Joana Vasconcelos

The monumental form of a cupcake is outlined via a steel frame and built up from plastic moulds typically used by children when playing with sand. The moulds are vivid in colour and shaped like various fruits and pretzels.

Wandering Mountain by Wendell Castle (“the father of the art furniture movement.”) –  a trio of sculptures, seat like sculptures sited by the ornamental pond.







Energy 2 by Alexander Macdonald-Buchanan rather reminded me of a giant, fluorescent blue, barley sugar or liquorice twist.



I wasn’t quite sure what to make of this giant cucumber


Der Gurk by Erwin Wurm


Habitacion vegetal XV (Double Paaje) (Plant Room XV (Double Passage)) by Cristina Iglesias

the exterior with its stainless steel finish literally reflects its immediate surroundings; however, this appearance is deliberately deceiving as the mirror distorts the reflections and presents a contorted view of the surrounding environment. In contrast to this, the interior chamber presents what appears to be a more natural reality, revealing a myriad of delicately formed branches and leaves that recreate the living world reflected in the outer walls.



Taichi Arch by Ju Ming’s


Hexad III, another work by Charles Hadcock. I didn’t like this as much as his Folium sculpture


La Montagne by Aristide Maillol. is unusual in that it is cast from lead rather than the more usual bronze. It’s appearance changed with the light looking particulrly effective when the sun was shining.

I was sure I’d seen this sculpture before. Checking the information in the exhibition leaflet I found that there are casts in various locations around the world including the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris. I reckon that’s where I’ve seen it.


Tear by Richard Hudson.


Made from highly polished stainless steel it reflected it’’s surroundings, the curved surface distorting the landscape.


Chaos Meteoro by Jedd Novatt was sited high up in the gardens, high up on the slope overlooking the maze. It rather reminded me of a distorted climbing frame from a children’s playground.


So, another interesting exhibition even if two of the major exhibits had been removed. Like last year, however, it didn’t quite match the first one of the series that we’d seen a couple of years ago.

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