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Fantasies, Follies and Disasters: The Prints of Francisco de Goya

Issue No. 2209

One of Goya

One of Goya's Disasters of War

Goya was court painter to the Spanish royals in the 1790s.

But at the same time he was producing fantastical, satirical and disturbing etchings – caricaturing the rich and the church.

And his Disasters of War graphically depicted the brutality as the Napoleonic war swept through Spain.

The exhibition shows a range of these, but also the Chapman Brothers’ 1993 Disasters of War. Goya’s prints are recreated as miniature sculptures – like toy soldiers committing war crimes.

Some critics say it vilifies Goya’s imagery – but Jake Chapman argues, “We’re making work that contradicts the idea that art is inherently good and based on idealism. This is not the Enlightenment, it’s the age of light entertainment.”

Manchester Art Gallery
Until 19 September

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Tue 6 Jul 2010, 17:36 BST
Issue No. 2209
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