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These weird and wonderful shapes will be gracing the historic splendour of Chatsworth House.

Some of the world’s most acclaimed contemporary sculptors will be exhibiting their work at Chatsworth’s Monumental Sculpture exhibition.

The Beyond Limits 2013 Sculptures are displayed at Chatsworth House - the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire with Marc Quinn's Spiral of the Galaxy

The Beyond Limits 2013 Sculptures are displayed at Chatsworth House - the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire with Marc Quinn's Spiral of the Galaxy

Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art specialist Alex Platon has spent a year putting the one-month exhibition together.

“We’ve been doing this show for the past eight years now and we look at the modern international sculpture market for artists. There are around 15 to 20 artists represented in the exhibition.”

Artists include Tony Cragg, who creates huge organic, shell-like structures, and Marc Quinn, the artist famed for his ‘Self’ portrait, which he made using 4.5 litres of his own blood.

“Marc Quinn has such an amazing body of work, both painting and sculpture,” said Alex.

The Beyond Limits 2013 Sculptures are displayed at Chatsworth House - the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire with Cyclone Twist by Alice Aycock

The Beyond Limits 2013 Sculptures are displayed at Chatsworth House - the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire with Cyclone Twist by Alice Aycock

Marc Quinn’s Spiral of the Galaxy – a huge seashell made of bronze – will be on display.

Other exhibits in The Beyond Limits exhibition include the late Juan Munoz’ Dos Figuras Con Mano En El Pecho –Two Figures with Hands On Chests – which features two figures facing each other.

The work is set against a huge sculpted hedge, making the figures look miniature, like something from the 
Borrowers.

Alex said: “Judging by people’s response to the exhibition previously, it will be a success.”

The Beyond Limits 2013 Sculptures are displayed at Chatsworth House

The Beyond Limits 2013 Sculptures are displayed at Chatsworth House

The Duke and Duchess have worked alongside Alex to create Beyond Limits.

“They are interested in art in general and we work together as a team,” said Alex.

“It’s so nice to work with people who understand art and who are passionate about art.

“The Duke and Duchess approach contemporary art as both viewers and collectors.”

Alex starts work on the next show the minute the current show is taken down. “It’s a process and an adventure around the world.”

n Beyond Limits is at Chatsworth House and starts on Monday and runs until October 27.

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