With a degree from the Royal College of Art in London, they have gained their reputation for exploring "the underbelly of humanity" through everything, from sculpture and painting, to film, music and literature. It began with a 1991 diorama Disasters of War, in which they used remodelled plastic figurines based on Goya's engravings of the same name. In 2003, they were nominated for the Turner prize (but that, as we know, isn't always the best distinction, taking into account the number of terrible works of art on that long list). London is once again experiencing their creative antics in a retrospective exhibition at the Serpentine Galleries, and Montrealers will soon do the same, as Jake and Dinos Chapman: Come and See opens at DHC/ART in April 2014. London reviewers have been having a ball; Laura Cumming of The Observer titling her article: "They've taken leave of our senses", while The Independent's Adrian Hamilton warns: "Don't be hoodwinked." What to expect? How about Ku Klux Klan meets the Nazi meet Ronald McDonald. Puppetry and gimmickry, humour and angst, all rolled into one. High art it is not, but this irreverent exhibition is bound to elicit a chuckle or two.

Jake & Dinos Chapman
Come and See - April 2014
Serpentine Sackler Gallery
London W2, UK

DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art
451 & 465, Saint-Jean Street
Montreal, QC
www.dhc-art.org(lien externe)
April 2014

 
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