Outset Contemporary Art Fund supports the exhibition Pablo Bronstein and the Treasures of Chatsworth at Nottingham Contemporary.
Chatsworth has made its largest loan to an exhibition in Britain in 30 years, lending nearly 70 items chosen by artist Pablo Bronstein from the Devonshire Collection to Nottingham Contemporary as part of The Grand Tour (4 July – 20 September, 2015).
The Grand Tour invites visitors to emulate the adventures of the 18th century gentleman,seeing the treasures of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire through the eyes of today’s artists. The works are presented as part of Pablo Bronstein and the Treasures of Chatsworth at Nottingham Contemporary and Chatsworth. The objects Bronstein has selected from the Devonshire Collection are shown in a new and different light across the four galleries of Nottingham Contemporary. Loans include a colossal Roman marble foot, Delft earthenware, 17th and 18th centurysilverware, coronation chairs for William IV and Queen Adelaide, and works by Rembrandt and Frans Hals.
Bronstein showcases new pieces at both sites which are inspired by Chatsworth, the collection and the idea of the Grand Tour. For Nottingham Contemporary, Bronstein has made new works including an epic panorama drawing that wraps around the four walls of the first gallery, inspired by Baroque visions of the Via Appia of Roman antiquity. An ornate temple-likestructure designed by Bronstein houses a mirrored ‘treasury’ of grand items ofsilverware. New, elaborate, computer-drawn wallpaper inspired by the architectureof Chatsworth line the walls of an entire gallery.
At Chatsworth, Bronstein has created a new, large drawing for the Old Master Drawings Cabinet, which will respond to the nature of the space and a selection of architectural drawings from the collection. Chatsworth also presents a rare survey of Bronstein’s acclaimed drawings in the New Gallery. His witty drawings are inspired by wide-ranging historic architectural and interior design sources. The drawings playfully reimagine these sources, probing the connections between aesthetic form and social display. Blurring the divide between fantasy and authenticity, past and present, many of the drawings are presented in actual antique frames from periods the drawings emulate.
Pablo Bronstein (b. 1977, Buenos Aires, lives and works in London and Deal) is a leading British artist of his generation. His work takes the forms of drawings, choreographed performances, sculpture and public art. Solo exhibitions include: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2009); Sculpture Court, Tate Britain (2010); Institute of Contemporary Art, London (2011); Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève (2013) and REDCAT, LA (2014); and Museo Marino Marini, Florence. Group exhibitions include: Tate Live: Performance Room at Tate Modern, London (2012); Manifesta 8, Murcia,(2010-2011), Performa 07, New York (2007); and Tate Triennale, Tate Britain, London(2006). His Beach Hut in the style of Nicholas Hawksmoor was a highlight of Folkestone Triennial last year.