Visual Dialogues: Disasters of War

Jake and Dinos Chapman, Disasters of War, 1993
  • Tuesday 6 October 2009 - Sunday 19 September 2010
  • Manchester Art Gallery
  • FREE
See the Chapman Brothers' gruesome sculpture Disasters of War alongside the Goya etchings that inspired it.

We're currently showing 30 rarely-displayed Goya prints from our collections in an exhibition called Fantasies, Follies and Disasters.

The etchings by Francisco de Goya caught the imagination of a dynamic group of young people called the Creative Consultants. These young people regularly attend sessions at the gallery to explore their interest in art and are currently working with us on our annual Visual Dialogues partnership with Tate.

As part of this project, they have selected to display Jake and Dinos Chapman's sculpture Disasters of War (1993) alongside the etchings by Goya of the same name. The Chapman Brothers' sculpture (on loan from Tate) is made of expertly crafted model figures in miniature, committing atrocious acts of violence.

The Creative Consultants worked with artist Katy McCall to create dynamic interventions and interpretation to link the historic Goya works with the contemporary Chapman piece.

They had some amazing ideas which were pitched in a Dragon's Den style session to gallery staff. The final outcomes include:

  • a display of the young people's etchings made at Hot Bed Press
  • an installation of TVs with film footage showing aspects of the project overlaid onto imagery of war from the media, as well as cartoons
  • a print-making activity where visitors can make their own images

Check out the Creative Consultant's etchings on flickr.

Visual Dialogues: Young people and artists interpreting art together is supported by Tate, DCMS and the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

Find out more about the Creative Consultants here.

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