Jake and Dinos Chapman to have major show at Serpentine's Sackler space

By Culture24 Reporter | 31 October 2013

The most comprehensive public exhibition of Jake and Dinos Chapmans’ work for nearly 20 years will take place at the Serpentine Galleries’ new Sackler space next month.

A photo of a small sculpture of a skeleton riding into battle on top of a turtle
Jake and Dinos Chapman, The Sum of all Evil (detail) (2012-2013). Fibreglass, plastic and mixed media in four vitrines© Jake and Dinos Chapman, courtesy White Cube
Encompassing the breadth of the brothers’ uncompromising, provocative art – from painting and sculpture to film and music – Come and See will be held in the former gunpowder hall, which opened with a giant elephant’s rear and a cabinet of sculpted curiosities last month.

“We are thrilled that they are exhibiting at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery this winter,” said Julia Peyton-Jones and Hans Ulrich Obrist, the Co-Directors of the Galleries.

“Since their surreal and sometimes nightmarish imagery took up residency in our collective subconscious in the early 1990s, Jake and Dinos have continued to prod, provoke and entertain.”

Peyton-Jones and Obrist called the brothers “heroes and trailblazers” for the so-called “89plus” generation of artists and thinkers born after 1989. The Serpentine dedicated two evenings to the group, dubbed the 89plus Marathon, last month.

“The Chapmans compel us to confront the nagging fears that lie at the dark heart of the western psyche,” they added, crediting the duo with “peeling back the surface” of history and consumerism to reveal “the horror and humour” lying beneath.

Chapmanworld, an exhibition at the ICA held in 1996, was the most recent major display of works by the Chapmans in a public London gallery.

  • Jake and Dinos Chapman: Come and See opens on November 29 2013.

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