Nottingham Contemporary

Nottingham Contemporary
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Our building has been designed by the award winning architects Caruso St John. It has four galleries, superb education and study areas, a performance space, a café-bar and shop.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Artist studio or collective

Opening hours

Galleries
Tuesday - Friday 10am - 7pm
Bank Holidays and Saturdays 10am - 6pm
Sunday 11am - 5pm
Closed on Mondays, except Bank Holidays during exhibitions.

Admission charges

FREE

Collection details

Archives, Architecture, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Pablo Bronstein at Chatsworth, 2015. Photo © Hugo Glendinning

Pablo Bronstein and the Treasures of Chatsworth

  • 3 July — 20 September 2015 *on now

Works by Rembrandt and Franz Hals, Delft porcelain, the coronation chairs for William IV and Queen Adelaide, and a colossal Roman marble foot are among the objects that will appear within and alongside work by Pablo Bronstein, across all four of our galleries.

Unusually for a contemporary artist, Bronstein's work is fascinated by pre-20th century European design and architecture. The overwhelming theatricality of the Baroque, is a particular favourite, and it’s a period that Chatsworth and much of its' collection epitomises. Bronstein’s erudite drawings, performances, furniture and public art relate to both the past and the present in unsettlingly paradoxical, sometime humorous ways.

For this exhibition Bronstein has created new works inspired by Chatsworth. One gallery will be covered in realisations of Chatsworth’s iconic architecture viewed from different perspectives. Another will be entirely encircled by a frieze like drawing reimagining what Rome's legendary Via Appia, lined with the elaborate tombs of grandees, might have looked like during the decline of the Roman Empire. This was a favourite subject for capriccios, or architectural fantasy drawings, during The Grand Tour period. In another gallery, ornate 17th and 18th century silverware will be infinitely multiplied inside the mirrored interior of a mock-Grecian temple.

Much of Chatsworth’s collection was amassed by past Dukes of Devonshire during their own Grand Tours of Europe. This was an era when the display of highly decorated objects characterised wealth and power. These objects now appear in a new light in Nottingham Contemporary, within Bronstein’s exhibition design. The change of context invites us to consider how wealth and power find aesthetic form today.

Pablo Bronstein’s exhibition continues at Chatsworth. A rare survey of his drawings will be shown in Chatsworth’s New Gallery. Bronstein has also made a very large drawing for the Old Master Cabinet Room, which will be shown alongside a display of architectural drawings from Chatsworth's own collection.

For more information about The Grand Tour visit www.thegrandtour.uk.com

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/art/grand-tour

The Grand Tour: Pablo Bronstein and the Treasures of Chatsworth

  • 4 July — 20 September 2015 *on now

For Season 1 of The Grand Tour at Nottingham Contemporary Pablo Bronstein has chosen 62 works of fine and decorative art to bring to our galleries – Chatsworth’s largest UK loan for 30 years.

Works by Rembrandt and Franz Hals, Delft porcelain, the coronation chairs for William IV and Queen Adelaide, and a colossal Roman marble foot are among the objects that will appear within and alongside work by Pablo Bronstein, across all four of our galleries.

Unusually for a contemporary artist, Bronstein's work is fascinated by pre-20th century European design and architecture. The overwhelming theatricality of the Baroque, is a particular favourite, and it’s a period that Chatsworth and much of its collection epitomises. Bronstein’s erudite drawings, performances, furniture and public art relate to both the past and the present in unsettlingly paradoxical, sometime humorous ways.

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/art/grand-tour

The Sleight of Hand Bureau for Emancipated Touch: An exhibition by Traci Kelly for the Small Collections Room

  • 15 August — 20 September 2015 *on now

Traci Kelly is an interdisciplinary artist with a research led practice, working with performance, text, installation and video. Her works are visceral and poetic and she is interested in ideas around materiality, intersubjectivity and corporeal boundaries.

For her exhibition in the Small Collections Room, she has removed the protective layers from all the drawers, and invites visitors to interact with her work. Each cabinet has been approached thematically and as a collective body of work, by bestowing the character of a female historical figure on each one.

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/art/sleight-hand-bureau-emancipated-touch

Opaque, 2014. Installation with super 16mm. Performance: Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Werner Hirsch.

Danai Anesiadou, Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz, Rana Hamadeh, Sun Ra / Nadia Lauro

  • 10 October 2015 — 3 January 2016

This autumn we present four interrelated solo exhibitions, all with a connection to performance, theatre and film: Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz from Switzerland and Germany, Rana Hamadeh from Lebanon and the Netherlands, and Danai Anesiadou from Greece and Belgium. The fourth is the late, legendary jazz musician and Afro- Futurist, Sun Ra, who ascended to Saturn in 1993. The visual aspect of his work will be presented in a scenography by Nadia Lauro, from Paris. Each artist uses fiction and alternative realities to transform and extend our understanding of identity, social norms and world history. The exhibitions developed out of conversations with Collabor8, our young people’s group, and was curated to coincide with Circuit, our arts festival for 15 to 25 years olds in November.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Pablo Bronstein, Theatre Section with Stage Design for an Oliver Cromwell Ballet 2014 Courtesy Herald St London and Franco Noero

Walkthroughs

  • 4 July — 20 September 2015 *on now

Wed 8 July
12noon – 12.45pm
Hannah Obee, Curator and Matthew Hirst, Head of Arts and Historic Collections Chatsworth discuss the objects in the exhibition.

Wed 15 July
6pm – 6.45pm
Alex Farquharson leads his Director’s tour of the exhibition.

Wed 22 July
12noon – 12.45pm
Dr Patrizia Riganti, The University of Nottingham will view the exhibition from an architectural history perspective.

Wed 12 August
6pm – 6.45pm
Gabriele Neher, The University of Nottingham on the Italian works in the Chatsworth Collection.

Wed 2 September
12noon – 12.45pm
Ana Souto, Nottingham Trent University on the role of architecture in the exhibition and its relationship to national identity.

Wed 16 September
6pm – 6.45pm
Richard Wrigley, The University of Nottingham on travel and The Grand Tour.

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Young People's Programme

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/education2/future/

Starting in January 2009 Nottingham Contemporary will be running a course for young people aged between 13 and 23 to help them act as arts instigators. They will be trained to design, co-ordinate and deliver a programme of activity for other young people. It will also give them an opportunity to take part in the Arts Council’s arts award scheme.

How to obtain

For more information contact info@nottinghamcontemporary.org

Nottingham Contemporary
Weekday Cross
Nottingham
Nottinghamshire
NG1 2GB
England

Website

www.nottinghamcontemporary.org

E-mail

info@nottinghamcontemporary.org

Telephone

0115 948 9750

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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