An exhibition that featured 30 rarely-displayed Goya prints from our collections.
Manchester Art Gallery
Tuesday 6 October 2009–Sunday 19 September 2010
An opportunity to see the Chapman Brothers’ gruesome sculpture Disasters of War alongside the Goya etchings that inspired it.
In 2009 and 2010, patrons could view 30 rarely-displayed Goya prints from our collections in an exhibition called Fantasies, Follies and Disasters.
The etchings of Francisco de Goya caught the imagination of a dynamic group of young people called the Creative Consultants. These young people regularly attended sessions at the gallery to explore their interest in art and worked with us on our annual Visual Dialogues partnership with Tate.
As part of this project, they 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 (which appeared 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 included:
- 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
You can check out the Creative Consultant’s etchings on flickr.
Find out more about the Creative Consultants here.