JAKE & DINOS CHAPMAN EXHIBITION
THE SAATCHI GALLERY ANNOUNCES JAKE & DINOS CHAPMAN EXHIBITION
The Saatchi Gallery has announced that it will be opening an exhibition of the major works made by the Chapman Brothers over the last decade. The show opens on Wednesday 1 October. A private view will be held on Tuesday 30 September.
The show will feature their key works including:
- Comprised of nine large vitrines, the Chapmans’ Hell is a hobbyists’
Apocalypse, which took the artists two years to make. Hundreds of tiny
trees and rocks bought from model shops make up perfectly miniaturised
landscapes inhabited by over 5000 figures (each one cast and hand painted).
By reconstructing hell on earth in miniature, they replicate the detached
experience of watching real evil through the compact window of a television
screen. The Chapmans place the viewer in the position of ruthless gods,
looking on with awe and wonder at the destruction they’ve willed.
Anatomies - An artificial Eden constructed from Astroturf and
catalogue-order plastic plants, populated by conjoined nymphs designed
for the sole purpose of sexual gratification. This isn’t Hieronymus
Bosch does Genesis, but rather two men dreaming up the beginning of the
world as they would have preferred it.
Jake & Dinos Chapman will follow the Damien Hirst exhibition, which closes on 21 September 2003. The Hirst show has attracted over 300,000 visitors to date. Key pieces by Hirst will remain on permanent view at the gallery like the Shark, the Sheep, Hymn (the 20ft anatomical figure) and Love Lost (an aquarium with live fish swimming in a gynaecologist’s office) and 1000 Years, the life and death cycle of flies.
In addition to the Chapman Brothers, visitors can see iconic works by Tracey Emin, Jenny Saville, Sarah Lucas, Ron Mueck, Chris Ofili, Gavin Turk and Richard Wilson’s oil installation – 20:50.
A separate exhibition in the Boiler Room, a showcase for new talent, will feature the sculpture of Rebecca Warren, an exciting new British star. She will be showing seven large scale sculptures in unfired clay that make-up a single work called She.
To coincide with the exhibition, Jonathan Cape are publishing ‘HELL’ a book that features the major works by the Chapman Brothers that will be seen at the gallery.
The Saatchi Gallery now opens till 8.00pm every night with two late nights on Friday and Saturday when the gallery remains open until 10.00pm.
The Gallery has attracted a wide cross-section of visitors, evenly split between under 35’s and over 35’s. The majority of visitors are not necessarily ‘art enthusiasts’ and for many this will have been an introduction to contemporary art.
70 schools from the UK and abroad have already made visits to the gallery.