International Art Series
25 FEBRUARY TO 3 JUNE 2012
In conjunction with the launch of the Director's Project, the Art Gallery presents the first in its International Art Series. Select galleries in the Melrose Wing of European Art have been transformed to showcase four spectacular new acquisitions (made over the past year) within contextual displays that promise to both confront and seduce visitors.
The visual and oral splendour of AES+F’s Allegoria Sacra takes viewers on a surreal journey to purgatory in a work that ultimately questions the values and contentment of contemporary societies.
Celebrated international artists Jake and Dinos Chapman and Thomas Hirschhorn also explore themes of morality and corruption through two astonishing new works - Das swings unt roundabouts fur der kinder? Ja? Nein! Schweinhund! (Swings and roundabouts for the children? Yes? No! Pigface!) and Twin-Subjecter - which are located within displays exposing political and humanitarian realities.
Juxtaposed with Wim Delvoye’s tattooed pigskin Untitled (Robert), the works resonate with questions about the boundaries between art and life, and high and low art.
detail: Thomas Hirschhorn, Switzerland, born 1957