Go See – Berlin: Jake & Dinos Chapman's ‘Shitrospective’ at Contemporary Fine Arts through January 14, 2010January 3rd, 2010
Hell 63 Years B.C. (2009), by Jake and Dinos Chapman, via Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin
Currently on view at Contemporary Fine Arts in Berlin is ‘Shitrospective’, the gallery’s first solo show by Jake and Dinos Chapman. In this exhibition the Chapman brothers recreate the most important sculptures and installations from their career together in miniature format made in cardboard and poster paint.
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Bring me the head of Franco Tosselli (2009) by Jake and Dinos Chapman, via Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin
They recreate works such as “Fuckfaces” and “Sex” to consequently reveal the until now non-existing models for many of their main works. Out of cardboard they also reconstruct the first version of their installation “Hell” which was destroyed in the warehouse fire of the shipping company Momart and redone and re-exhibited again this past year. The Shitrospective and its farcical tone suggests another recent prankster type exhibition this past July by the Chapman brothers held at Orel Art, a London gallery known for focusing on Russian art, in which the brothers assumed fake Russian identities of Yuri and Konstantin Shamanov and produced a body of work derivative of various Russian schools.
Sex (2009) by Jake and Dinos Chapman, via Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin
The works, made out of the simplest materials, become sketch-like renditions of iconic masterworks and refer back to the artistic achievements of the Chapman brothers. Despite their cheap materials these works hold a charming and almost uplifting presence even as they contemplate often difficult themes of death, sex, and the afterlife.
Migraine (2009) by Jake and Dinos Chapman, via Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin
Jake and Dinos Chapman have had solo exhibitions in major museums and galleries such as the Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, Kunsthaus Bregenz and CAC Malaga. They live and work in London.
Artist and Model (2009) by Jake and Dinos Chapman, via Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin