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Come and See: Jake and Dinos Chapman at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery

I’ve been told many times by friends that the Chapman brothers are overrated. Whatever.
I know for a fact that I am always entertained, provoked, perplexed every time I see an exhibition from this duo – with all the flurry of emotions when I see great art. Even in the face of apparent multimedia absurdity such as the Ku Klux Klans hanging about corridors and mini-Ronald Mcdonalds crucified like Jesus, a Jake and Dinos Chapman exhibition will shock your guts out to the point that you laugh like a madman, because somehow it connects with our psyche and voila, it all makes sense. (I see Antony Gormley laughing his heart out watching the masters of history film amongst seated Ku Klux sculptures, and that in itself is a distraction). 

And that is probably it. Going to see a Jake and Dinos Chapman show means, leaving your art prejudices at home. It’s almost like a circus freak and you don’t know where to look. There is too much going on in Come and See that it will definitely make your head spin, but it will show you the extraordinary output of the team from prints, collage, film, sculpture – they got all the she-bang.

4. HG3_4658 Press PageJake and Dinos Chapman
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Installation view, Come and See
*Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London
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(29 November 2013 – 9 February 2014)
*© 2013 Hugo Glendinning

5. HG3_4665 Press Page Jake and Dinos Chapman
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Installation view, Come and See
*Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London
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(29 November 2013 – 9 February 2014)
*© 2013 Hugo Glendinning

6. HG3_4673 Press PageJake and Dinos Chapman
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Installation view, Come and See
*Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London
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(29 November 2013 – 9 February 2014)
*© 2013 Hugo Glendinning

The glass cases with mangled miniature corpses piled up like mountains, heads on sticks, Mcdonalds and Godzillas in The Sum of All Evil (2012-2013) are all gory but very detailed, and its a testament to the brothers’ craftsmanship skills and attention to detail, and the result of which is almost like theatre with a dash of Apocalypse Now. Nothing is eye-candy here but I think it’s my favourite out of all the show because it reveals that the Chapman brothers don’t always just play the ridiculous game for shock effect. There is a level of maturity in a deep, dark level in this installation about the horrors and absurdity of war.  And for Jake and Dinos Chapman, even if Godzillas roam the earth, wars will always be ridiculously insane. 

Jake and Dinos Chapman The Sum of all Evil 2012-2013 (medium res)Jake and Dinos Chapman
The Sum of all Evil (detail), 2012-2013
Fibreglass, plastic and mixed media in four vitrines
84 5/8 x 50 11/16 x 98 3/8 in. (215 x 128.7 x 249.8 cm)
Courtesy White Cube
© Jake and Dinos Chapman

Jake and Dinos Chapman The Sum of all Evil 2012-2013 (medium res) 2013-10-29Jake and Dinos Chapman
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The Sum of all Evil (detail), 2012-2013
*Fibreglass, plastic and mixed media in four vitrines
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84 5/8 x 50 11/16 x 98 3/8 in. (215 x 128.7 x 249.8 cm)
*Courtesy White Cube
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© Jake and Dinos Chapman*

HG3_4864Jake and Dinos Chapman
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The Sum of all Evil (detail), 2012-2013
*Fibreglass, plastic and mixed media in four vitrines
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84 5/8 x 50 11/16 x 98 3/8 in. (215 x 128.7 x 249.8 cm)
*Courtesy White Cube
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© Jake and Dinos Chapman*

Read more:

Jake and Dinos Chapman: Come and See Serpentine Gallery Review – Telegraph
Jake and Dinos Chapman: Come and See – TimeOut Review
The shocking truth: Why Jake and Dino’s tactics are wearing thin – Independent

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