Jake & Dinos Chapman, Francisco Goya – The Nature of Particles [SE]

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Jake & Dinos Chapman, Francisco Goya

The Nature of Particles

26 februari – 5 juni 2016 – MAGASIN III Stockholm

Curator: Tessa Praun

 

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Francisco GoFrancisco Goya, An heroic feat! With dead men! (Grande Hazaña! Con muertos!), Plate 39 from Los Desastres de la Guerra, c. 1810-1823, First edition 1863

 

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Kino Klub Five Ku Klux Klan mannequins, chairs, lamp, projector, screen and speakers /Dimensions variable Courtesy the artists & White Cube

 

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The Sum of All Evil 2012-2013 Fiberglass, plastic and mixed media 214 x 249 x 128 cm Courtesy the artists & White Cube

 

 

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Detail: The Sum of All Evil 2012-2013 Fiberglass, plastic and mixed media 214 x 249 x 128 cm Courtesy the artists & White Cube

 

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Jake & Dinos Chapman, The Sum of All Evil (detail), 2012-2013. Photo: Todd White Art Photography / Courtesy White Cube.

In this exhibition two artistic practices convene–one historical and one contemporary. Both touch upon the darkest sides of humanity, yet they are often met with different responses.

Through drawing, sculpture and film that often combine controversial themes with absurd or humorous elements, Jake and Dinos Chapman deliver powerful statements on human existence. Time and again the Chapman brothers have returned to Los Desastres de la Guerra (The Disasters of War), ca 1810-1823 by the Spanish artist Francisco Goya (1746-1828). This suite of etchings depicts the atrocities inflicted upon the Spanish people by Napoleon’s invading army and also the subsequent revenge exacted. These images are often referred to as the first unromaticized depictions of war. Through a generous loan from Sweden’s Nationalmuseum, twenty plates from Goya’s original 1863 edition enter in direct dialogue with the Chapmans’ works.

The idea for this exhibition stems from Jake and Dinos Chapman’s Disasters of War, 1999. It is one of many of their works based on Goya’s depictions of war and is currently featured in the exhibition Like A Prayer on view in two adjacent rooms. The Nature of Particles gives insight on how two groundbreaking artistic practices separated by 200 years explore the human capacity for barbarity, war and the grotesque.

Images courtesy of the Gallery and Artist

 

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