Chatsworth - State Music room


The Grand Tour is the formative cultural experience of the 18th century traveler – made modern day. It invites you to view the treasures of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire through the eyes of today’s leading artists. Season 1 was presented from July to September 2015, with Season 2 opening on 19 March 2016running through to June 2016. See full Season 2 exhibition listings by clicking here.

Season 1 featured work from contemporary artist Pablo Bronstein and architect Rem Koolhaas drawing on the Devonshire and Portland collections acquired on the original Grand Tours of the 17th and 18th centuries. Joseph Wright‘s previously lost paintings were also displayed prior to their conservation.

Season 2 delves deeper into these historical collections and the historic relationship between Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and The Grand Tour alongside contemporary interpretations from Turner Prize-winner Simon Starling, Sir Peter Blake and Rose English. Joseph Wright‘s previously lost paintings will also be on display fully restored.

A partnership of Nottingham Contemporary, Chatsworth, Derby Museums and The Harley Gallery, together with Experience Nottinghamshire and Visit Peak District & Derbyshire, have created a compelling cultural adventure that is a Grand Tour for our own times. It offers a chance to see great houses, extraordinary art collections and romantic landscapes, interpreted anew by some of today’s most exciting contemporary artists.

  • The History of the Grand Tour in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire

  • Welbeck Estate William Cavendish, who owned Welbeck and was pivotal in the development of dressage, went on a grand tour. He spent a lot of time in Italy studying classical architecture, particularly in Turin and Milan (from which he brought back a saddle and a horse). He took his Grand Tour with Sir Henry Wotton, who wrote a book titled “Elements of Architecture” in 1625 – the title of Rem Koolhaas’s exhibition at the Venice Biennale. 3rd Duke of Portland’s Grand Tour He went on his grand tour after obtaining his MA from Oxford University, and his travels included Germany,…

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Joesph Wright Vesuvius in Eruption, Derby Museums Trust
  • Artists

  • Introducing The Grand Tour artists… From Joseph Wright to Rem Koolhaas and Pablo Bronstein, the only thing that these artists have in common is their visionary genius. The Grand Tour’s main four exhibitions this summer will showcase their individual talents.

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