Contemporary art duo known for their provocative and confrontational art, Jake and Dinos Chapman return to the town in which they grew up with previously unseen works and brand new commissions, in an exhibition at Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, crowd-funded through the Art Fund’s new Art Happens platform. This scheme was launched in June 2014 to help UK museums raise money for new, small-scale, achievable and highly creative projects, with the Realm of the Unmentionable standing as the second project to take rise from it.
In the Realm of the Unmentionable continues the Chapmans’ exploration of consumer culture, Western identity and human mortality. Following previous reworking of Goya etchings and Victorian paintings in their Family Portrait series, the brothers have sourced artworks from antique and second hand shops in Hastings, which have been adapted or ‘fixed’ for this exhibition.
While the show is the largest exhibition of contemporary art at the Jerwood, Hastings, to date, running alongside it will be an unusual programme of events – including the opportunity for members of the public to take part in a live tattooing event, and receive their own genuine Chapman brothers’ artwork inked into their skin. Also on sale will be a range of temporary Chapman Brothers’ tattoos, for those in need of something less permanent.
Chapman Brothers: In the Realm of the Unmentionable, until 7 January, Jerwood Gallery, Rock-A-Nore Rd, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 3DW. For more information visit www.jerwoodgallery.org.
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1. Jake and Dinos Chapman, I Felt Insecure, 2008.