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Last few days to see at the Serpentine Gallery:  Wael Shawky: “Myths and Legends” and Jake and Dinos Chapman : “Come and See” , until the 9th of February, entrance free

See reviews of the exhibitions by Simon Withers on the Unitfifteen blog, and a recommendation to start the show with Wael Shawky ! … before you move onto the provocative and gut churning Chapman brothers, not for the faint hearted. Simon describes it as ‘Lurid, morbid, fearful, ghastly. And wonderful.’

http://unitfifteen.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/al-araba-al-madfuna-ii-2013.html
http://unitfifteen.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/the-sum-of-all-evil.html

Edit of the 8th Feb. the Chapman Brothers show is indeed a lot to take on, and somehow testing the limits of what you may deem acceptable. I turned around before long. The Wael Shawky show on the other hand, and especially the “al araba al madfuna II” film, was intriguiging, not the least for its amazing setting, the ruins of what looks like a huge compendium for birds. The shots of this abandoned building are astounding.

al araba al madfuna II

Serpentine Gallery website
http://www.serpentinegalleries.org/exhibitions-events/jake-and-dinos-chapman-come-and-see
http://www.serpentinegalleries.org/exhibitions-events/wael-shawky

interview with the artists
http://universes-in-universe.org/eng/nafas/articles/2012/wael_shawky

Shin Takamatsu’s monumental architecture.

“Speaking in short Japanese sentences, he told of his father, a fisherman, who distrusted people who talked too much, for they scared the fish away. Or as Shin added: ‘Architecture says more than words. I think I should vanish from the site now…’ A very humble attitude for a man who usually makes large, monumental architecture.”

Extract from this site: http://www.classic.archined.nl/news/0202/shin_eng.html

and here for an 80’s video of one of his lectures at Sci-Arc (clearly not a digital recording but you still get to see some of the work)
http://sma.sciarc.edu/video/shin-takamatsu/

and a review of Takamtsu’s exhibition and thoughts about technology
http://laforum.org/content/articles/nostalgia-and-technology-by-rachel-allen-august-1993

1990_Takamatsu-Shin-001 takamatsu temple takamatsu imanishi building