Dinos & Jake Chapman

Victoria Miro Gallery | Mayfair

Francisco Goya began work on the portfolio of etchings titled Desastres de la Guerra (Disasters of war) two years after the Napoleonic invasions of Spain in 1808. Ten years latter, at the age of 75, the plates were completed. Desastres is generally thought to be an allegory inspired by the themes of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: conquest, war, famine, and death. It has become something of an icon for antiwar activists and a benchmark for so-called politically engaged artists, who claim Desastres exemplifies an esthetically competent, highly emotive, and politically effective art.

The Disasters of War by Dinos and Jake Chapman is a 1/32nd-scale model of Goya’s Desastres. Like the original portfolio, the Chapmans’ work is also in 83 parts. But here, each of Goya’s gruesome, dark, shocking images is translated into a three-dimensional tableau made up of stock toy figures that have been

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