Jake Chapman, Dinos ChapmanThe Chapman Family Collection 2002

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Jake Chapman (born 1966)
Dinos Chapman (born 1962)
The Chapman Family Collection
Date 2002
Medium34 wooden sculptures, metal, horn, coin, bones and shells
Dimensionsoverall display dimensions variable
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund, Tate Members, Tate Fund, the Manton Fund and private donors 2008
Not on display


The Chapman Family Collection comprises thirty-four wooden carvings, displayed on plinths and dramatically illuminated by pools of light in a darkened room. The work was first exhibited in 2002 at White Cube gallery, London, where the press release for the show heralded it as an extraordinary collection of rare ethnographic and reliquary fetish objects from the former colonial regions of Camgib, Seirf and Ekoc, which the artists Jake and Dinos Chapman’s family had amassed over seventy years. The mode of presentation is typical of any Western ethnographic museum. Writing in Artforum, Michael Archer has described its effect as ‘sepulchral, reverential, almost holy in a self-consciously contrived and artificial way’ (Archer, p.182)… (read more)

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