Chatsworth opens for 2012 season


Chatsworth opens on 11th March 2012 for a must-see variety of changing exhibitions and events, not to mention the beautifully revealed house after extensive restoration. New for 2012 are the wonderfully restored exteriors of the iconic south and west fronts of the house, hosting exhibitions featuring legendary artists, showcasing some of their own works for the first time in living memory and giving an insight into the family history of this living home.

The exhibitions and activities listed below are all included in the ticket price:

In the house

19th March – 10th June 2012
The New Gallery will showcase an exhibition of Modern British Masterpieces from Frank and Cherryl Cohen’s art collection from 19th March to 10th June. This is the first in a new programme of loan exhibitions to be brought into Chatsworth to allow a wide range of changing displays to be shown along with our own permanent collection. The Cohens’ collection of Modern British paintings has not been exhibited publically before, and will feature artists such as Stanley Spencer, LS Lowry, Frank Auerbach, Leon Kossoff, Harry Epworth Allen, William Roberts, Alan Davie, Edward Burra, Kenneth Armitage, William Turnbull, Eduardo Paolozzi and Reg Butler.

Summer (TBC) – 31st October 2012
In the Summer, the transformation of the China Closet into a display space for Old Master Drawings will hopefully be complete. ‘Masterpieces from the Devonshire Collection’ will be the first of a rolling programme of displays, and includes drawings by Leonardo, Rembrandt, Raphael and Van Dyck.

2nd June – end of August 2012
To coincide with the Diamond Jubilee, from 2nd June the Oak Room will look back to H.M The Queen’s Coronation. Historic robes worn by Deborah Devonshire and the future 12th Duke will be displayed with footage of the Coronation showing the Duke and his grandmother, Mary Devonshire.

10th July – 23rd December 2012
Completing the nostalgia, from July the New Gallery will add a dash of glamour, celebrating the glory days of theatricals, society parties and shooting weekends in ‘A Hundred Years of House Parties’. The exhibition will look at life above and below stairs. Find out how they organised a family Christmas with over 100 guests.

In the garden

28th March – 1st July 2012
Another remarkable exhibition of pieces by Sir Anthony Caro will also be taking place in the garden from 28th March to 1st July. A selection of works chosen by the sculptor will be shown around the Canal Pond, including early steel sculptures, works from the series ‘Flats’ and the more recent ‘Goodwood Steps’.

There are also free garden tours available. Learn about interesting and hidden aspects of the garden in a tour lasting 45 minutes to 1 hour. Look for the signs at Flora’s Temple in the garden for details of the day’s tours.

In the farmyard and adventure playground

For Easter 2012 they hope to open a new Climbing Forest in the adventure playground, suitable for children over 6 and adults alike. And as usual, they’ve got lots of friendly animals for you to meet and learn about, not to mention trailer rides, a fun-packed adventure playground and free seasonal activities.

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