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Room 6

Exquisite Corpse is a series of images by the Chapman Brothers, of which eight are displayed in the mini exhibition in gallery room 6. The series is based on a game, developed by the Surrealists from the traditional game of Consequences, called Le Cadavre Exquis, or Exquisite Corpse. The game involves a piece of paper, folded horizontally concertina-fashion. In turn, each member of a group draws a part of a body, without being able to see what others have drawn on the paper. The final result is a body or character of composite parts.

The figures created in the series are multi-limbed and frequently many-headed, like many of the Chapmans' sculptures. Disasters of War (1993) and Hell (2000) are composed of cut up and reconstituted bodies. The etchings feature imagery common to the Chapmans' work in other media: skulls, eyeballs on stalks, grotesque animal heads, liquids dripping and spurting from wounds, orifices, nipples and shower-heads, writhing intestines, claw-like hands and feet. Around the edges of the figures tiny spiders hang from threads and flies crawl. Insects' wings and branching roots appear in the place of limbs.

This exhibition was developed as part of the Museums at Night events at the Jerwood Gallery on the 17 and 18 May 2013.

Image: Jake Chapman, Dinos Chapman, Exquisite Corpse XX (Rotring Club), 2000 © Jake and Dinos Chapman