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BP Exhibition Classified – Contemporary Art at Tate Britain in June

Hirst_PharmacyRecent major acquisitions of British contemporary art will go on display in the BP Exhibition Classified, opening at Tate Britain on 22 June 2009. This free exhibition will i nclude large-scale works from Tate’s collection. Using a wide range of media, Classified will feature new acquisitions which will be on display at Tate for the first time, such as Jake & Dinos Chapman’s Chapman Family Collection 2002 and two works from Damien Hirst’s recent gift to Tate: The Acquired Inability to Escape 1991, one of the artist’s early vitrine works, and Life Without You 1991. On view 22 June – 23 August 2009.

Classified will offer visitors to Tate Britain the opportunity to see exceptional works by leading contemporary artists and to explore the recent development of Tate’s outstanding collection. Artists represented in the exhibition will be: Phillip Allen, Gillian Carnegie, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Martin Creed, Tacita Dean, Jeremy Deller, Mark Dion, Ceal Floyer, Damien Hirst, Simon Patterson, Peter Peri, Fiona Rae, Simon Starling, and Rebecca Warren.

Classified will focus on the way artists use ordering systems in their work, exploring how our need to classify affects our perception of the world. The exhibition will address this desire to collect, order and categorise, and will show how artists often use these networks and relationships in ways that reveal the inherent instability of meaning. The works in this exhibition employ a variety of methods and approaches, but are united by the artists’ engagement with the ways we all codify the objects and images that surround us as part of our daily life.

Familiar works such as Damien Hirst’s room installation Pharmacy 1992, Simon Patterson’s Great Bear 1992, a reconfigured version of the iconic map of the London Underground, and Mark Dion’s Tate Thames Dig 1999, which groups together objects found on the banks of the River Thames, will be shown alongside works that have been acquired over the last five years. This is the first time that many of these will be on display at Tate, including installations such as Simon Starling’s Work made-ready, Les Baux-de-Provence (Mountain Bike) 2001, Jake and Dinos Chapman’s Chapman Family Collection 2002, Tacita Dean’s film portrait Michael Hamburger 2007 and Rebecca Warren’s sculpture In the Bois 2005. All these works allow the visitor to reflect not only on the artists’ construction of meaning by their use of different strategies of classification but also on the museum’s role in collecting, cataloguing and displaying objects.

Classified is curated by Clarrie Wallis, Curator Contemporary British Art at Tate Britain, and Andrew Wilson, Curator Modern & Contemporary British Art at Tate.

BP British Art Displays 1500-2009 is supported by BP. BP has supported Collection Displays at Millbank since 1990, first at the Tate Gallery and then from the opening of Tate Britain in 2000 to the present. BP’s continued support allows Tate Britain to create a broad and dynamic displays programme which explores in depth British art from 1500 to the present. Visit Tate Britain at : www.tate.org.uk/britain/

May 30, 2009 Posted by | Art Exhibitions, Artists, News, photography, raw art gallery | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Jake and Dinos Chapman: “Fucking Hell”

The apocolyptic installation or sculptural piece entitled ‘Fucking Hell’ can now be viewed as a short film on Jake and Dinos Chapman’s site. The piece was commissioned by Louis Vuitton owner Francois Pinault as a larger and fiercer version of their original piece entitled ‘Hell’. ‘Hell’ (2000) was destroyed in a fire which ripped through Charles Saatchi’s storage depot. Fucking Hell is part of the Chapman’s exhibition entitled ‘If Hitler Was A Hippy How Happy Would We Be’ which is on now at the Whitecube gallery in London open until the 12th of July. The exhibition took another twist when the brothers purchased Hitler’s artwork at an auction for 115,000 quid. Eyebrows were raised at  the moral integrity of this purchase until 13 of the orignal watercolours were unveiled at the exhibition reworked by the brothers with love hearts, rainbows and stars. To complete the facelift they were now swinging a price tag of 685,000 quid. The inevitable parallels to Bosch and Duchamp have been made but check the video or the exhibition if you are kicking around London town and make your own opinion.

June 23, 2008 Posted by | Art Exhibitions, Artists, Books and Magazines, News, photography, raw art gallery | , | 2 Comments