Chapman Brothers upset children’s rights group in Rome

Jake and Dinos Chapman, 'Piggyback', 1997
Jake and Dinos Chapman, ‘Piggyback’, 1997

A controversial sculpture by the Chapman brothers has been removed from a permanent collection display at Rome’s contemporary art museum, MAXXI.  The work in question (above) that features two young, naked parasitic twins, one with a penis sticking out of her mouth, has come under fire from a children’s rights group who denounced the piece as child pornography.  MAXXI director Anna Mattirolo defended the work, stating: “Crudity is part of the Chapmans’ work, they are known for works that denounce a sick reality.  They want to generate discussion about false morality and provoke debate and we firmly believe and support the freedom of expression of the artists.”  Despite this, the museum ended up removing the work over the weekend.

Chapman Brothers upset children’s rights group in Rome

Zhukova Backs Skin

Russian billionaire Dasha Zhukova loves ink. When she released her art/fashion crossover magazine Garage (named after her Moscow-based contemporary art space) in August, she got the likes of Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Jake and Dinos Chapman, John Baldessari and Paul McCarthy to design tattoos to feature in the first issue.  Now she’s backing Skin, a new documentary about tattoo culture directed by filmmaker Ryan Hope.  While the trailer above doesn’t give much away, the doco follows the experience of five ‘human canvases’ who allowed themselves to be tattooed with designs by artists including  the aforementioned Hirst and Koons as well as Richard Prince and Raymond Pettibon.  Following its recent debut at The Garage in Moscow, Skin will screen at Christies in London on November 16th.

Zhukova Backs Skin