I visited a very intriguing exhibition at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery at the weekend. Jake and Dinos Chapman are artists who work in a variety of mediums, creating models, sculptures and images that comment on consumer culture, morality and past art. Their exhibition Come and See incorporates many of these, and is absolutely fascinating.
I loved the miniature scenes of carnage and war, incorporating dinosaurs, skeletons, Hitler and Ronald McDonald. The detail of these models was incredible.
The exhibition also had some rather frightening sculptures, like this one of a familiar figure.
The Chapmans also create paintings and other images. Some of them, painted over pages from books, reminded me of Guillermo del Toro’s films.
Others were inspired by the craze for portraiture among the upper classes of several hundred years ago, and comment on the futile quest for immortality these people sought.
Sadly the exhibition has now finished, but I will certainly be looking out for more of the Chapmans’ work in the future.
The Serpentine Sackler Gallery opened in 2013. It is located in a former 1805 gunpowder store, divided from the original Serpentine Gallery by the Serpentine Bridge, with an extension by Zaha Hadid. Both galleries showcase temporary exhibitions of contemporary art.
Address: West Carriage Drive, London, W2 2AR
Opening Hours: 10am-6pm Tues-Sun, plus bank holidays