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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Iakovos 'Jake'  and Konstantinos 'Dinos' Chapman are English artists who began collaborating in 1991. Their works are often grotesque and violent scenes of war recreated in miniature figurines. The brothers first came to prominence with their show The Rape of Creativity, where they acquired a collection of Goya's The Disasters of War etchings. These they overpainted with demented Ronald McDonalds and Hitler imagined as a clown. The brothers were criticised as provoking the institutions of art history through defacement, yet the iconoclastic intent of the pair have remained strong.

Dealing with the subjects of war, pornography, and capitalism the artists combine religious, historic and fictional narratives to create a dystopian vision of the near future. The sensitivity of these topics attest to the relevance of such themes throughout history. Other major works include 'Hell', 'Fucking Hell', 'Like a Dog Returns to Its Vomit', and 'Little Death Machine (Castrated)'.

Featured Artworks

Bedtime Tales for Sleepless Nights by Jake & Dinos Chapman contemporary artwork Jake & Dinos ChapmanBedtime Tales for Sleepless Nights, 2013 Portfolio of 15 etchings
43.3 x 35.2 cm
Paragon
Insult to Injury Wallpaper by Jake & Dinos Chapman contemporary artwork Jake & Dinos ChapmanInsult to Injury Wallpaper Digital print on wallpaper
1000 x 52 cm
Page Blackie Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show, EDITIONS at Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington
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2–22 December 2014 Group Show EDITIONS Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington

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Jake and Dinos Chapman to have first major exhibition in Turkey Related Press Jake and Dinos Chapman to have first major exhibition in Turkey The Art Newspaper : 19 December 2016

British artists and brothers Jake and Dinos Chapman, part of the YBA generation that rose to fame in the 1990s, are to have their first major solo show in Turkey next year. In the Realm of the Senseless opens at Arter, a private museum in Istanbul run by the Turkish billionaire and collector and Omer Koç, on 10 February (until 7 May).

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Double vision: the artist duos who think as one Related Press Double vision: the artist duos who think as one The Guardian : 7 June 2016

Brothers, sisters, lovers, others ... London’s Royal Academy celebrates the work of artist duos in its summer exhibition. From Jake and Dinos Chapman to the Wilson twins, four twosomes reveal how they work – and stay – together

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Jake and Dinos Chapman: How we made 'Hell' Related Press Jake and Dinos Chapman: How we made 'Hell' The Guardian : 16 June 2015

A lot of people seem to think Hell is about the Holocaust – but it’s the absolute inverse of that. It’s the Nazis who are being subjected to industrial genocide. Which means people aren’t actually looking at it.The idea came from chaos, the mess of our conversations, though we never really had anything to say. It’s...

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