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Jake and Dinos Chapman: Come and See

Morality, the history of art and consumer culture loom large in Jake and Dinos Chapman's new show Come and See at the Zaha Hadid-designed Serpentine Sackler Gallery.

29 Nov 2013 to 9 Feb 2014
Serpentine Sackler Gallery / Exhibition
Admission Free

Come and See will demonstrate the range of the artists’ output - from painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture, to film, music and literature - exploring their provocative and deliberately confrontational work, which approaches controversial subjects with irreverence and dark humour.

Julia Peyton-Jones, director, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, co-director, at Serpentine Galleries said: “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. Whether subverting artists’ original works – including their own – twisting historic narratives or peeling back the surface of consumer-driven culture to reveal the horror and humour that lies beneath, the Chapmans compel us to confront the nagging fears that lie at the dark heart of the Western psyche. Their use of film, music and literature as well as painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture anticipated the multi-disciplinary approach of the 89plus generation for whom they are heroes and trailblazers. We are thrilled that they are exhibiting at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery this winter.”

The Chapmans began collaborating in the early 1990s and first gained attention for their work Disasters of War, a three-dimensional recreation of Goya's series of etchings of the same name, for which they reconstructed Goya's scenes of brutal violence using miniature plastic figurines that they carefully reshaped and painted by hand. Goya, and the Disasters of War particularly, have remained a continued presence in the Chapmans’s work. In 2003, they famously acquired a set of Goya's etchings and altered them, painting clown and cartoon heads over the original faces of the figures.

Their large Hell landscapes, such as Hell (2000) and The Sum of All Evil (2012-13), are at once monumental in scale and minutely detailed. These apocalyptic landscapes, teeming with miniature figures, depict scenes of excessive brutality involving Nazi soldiers and, in more recent works, McDonald's characters. The grotesque and often surreal violence of the scenes is offset by the overwhelming detail and painstaking labour evident in these and many of the Chapmans’s works.

An exhibition featuring the work of Egyptian artist Wael Shawky runs concurrently at the Serpentine Gallery. Shawky’s and the Chapmans’s work is linked by their employment of models and marionettes to re-cast myths, stories and historical events.

Download an interview between Jake and Dinos Chapman and Julia Peyton Jones, Hans Ulrich Obrist and the Serpentine’s council members, October 2013.

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Serpentine Gallery
29 Nov 2013 to 9 Feb 2014
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The first major London exhibition of the Egyptian artist Wael Shawky navigates the territory between truth and myth.

Image Credits

Jacky Klein at the Chapman Brothers Exhibition

Tuesday, 7th January 2014

The Chapman Brothers - zcz films

Tuesday, 7th January 2014

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Jake and Dinos Chapman

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Installation view from the exhibition Come and See, Serpentine Gallery, London (29 November 2013 - 9 February 2014)

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Jake and Dinos Chapman

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Installation view from the exhibition Come and See, Serpentine Gallery, London (29 November 2013 - 9 February 2014)

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Jake and Dinos Chapman

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Installation view from the exhibition Come and See, Serpentine Gallery, London (29 November 2013 - 9 February 2014)

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Jake and Dinos Chapman

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Installation view from the exhibition Come and See, Serpentine Gallery, London (29 November 2013 - 9 February 2014)

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Jake and Dinos Chapman

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Installation view from the exhibition Come and See, Serpentine Gallery, London (29 November 2013 - 9 February 2014)

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Jake and Dinos Chapman

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Installation view from the exhibition Come and See, Serpentine Gallery, London (29 November 2013 - 9 February 2014)

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Jake and Dinos Chapman

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Installation view from the exhibition Come and See, Serpentine Gallery, London (29 November 2013 - 9 February 2014)

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Installation view from the exhibition Come and See, Serpentine Gallery, London (29 November 2013 - 9 February 2014)

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Jake and Dinos Chapman

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Installation view from the exhibition Come and See, Serpentine Gallery, London (29 November 2013 - 9 February 2014)

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Jake and Dinos Chapman

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Installation view from the exhibition Come and See, Serpentine Gallery, London (29 November 2013 - 9 February 2014)

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Jake and Dinos Chapman

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Installation view from the exhibition Come and See, Serpentine Gallery, London (29 November 2013 - 9 February 2014)

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Installation view from the exhibition Come and See, Serpentine Gallery, London (29 November 2013 - 9 February 2014)

Jake and Dinos Chapman

Jake and Dinos Chapman

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(Free Willy) 2012

Glass-fibre, plastic and mixed media, 80 11/16 x 50 5/16 x 50 5/16 in. (205 x 127.8 x 127.8 cm)

© Jake and Dinos Chapman

Courtesy White Cube

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Jake and Dinos Chapman

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The Axminster of Evil, 2008

Edition of 5, Wool, 96 1/16 x 96 1/16 in. (244 x 244 cm)

© Jake and Dinos Chapman

Courtesy White Cube

Jake and Dinos Chapman

Jake and Dinos Chapman

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Early Works 1977 - 1983, 1977 - 1983

Mixed media, Dimensions variable

© Jake and Dinos Chapman

Courtesy White Cube

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Jake and Dinos Chapman

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The Sum of all Evil (detail), 2012-2013

Courtesy White Cube

Jake and Dinos Chapman: Come and See 29 Nov 2013 to 9 Feb 2014 at Serpentine Sackler Gallery

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