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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.

Hitler with balloons

Hitler with balloons

Crucified Ronald McDonald

Crucified Ronald McDonald

Creepy figures and a spaceship

Creepy figures and a spaceship

Skeletons and burnt-out cars

Skeletons and burnt-out cars

McDonalds characters on a boat

McDonalds characters on a boat

The exhibition also had some rather frightening sculptures, like this one of a familiar figure.

Ronald McDonald

Terrifying!

The Chapmans also create paintings and other images. Some of them, painted over pages from books, reminded me of Guillermo del Toro’s films.

Painting over a page of a book

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.

Two children in formal clothing
Some of the other items in the exhibition included cute little figures and even dinosaurs, like these ones below.

Model of a lady in a wheelchair Models of people and dinosaurs

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.

FACTS

Address: West Carriage Drive, London, W2 2AR

Website: serpentinegalleries.org

Opening Hours: 10am-6pm Tues-Sun, plus bank holidays

Prices: Free

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