Friday, December 16, 2011

The Chapman Brothers at Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood

Recently in London I paid my first (but most certainly not my last) visit to Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood. In the main hall at ground floor level was a temporary exhibition of etchings by Jake and Dinos Chapman, My Giant Colouring Book. Their blackly humourous images depicted childhood as a scary place way beyond our wildest nightmares, delving deeper than even the darkest of fairy tales. The Chapman brothers demonstrated (to paraphrase Bette Davis, whose original comment referred to aging) that childhood is definitely not for sissies.

To see a selection of works from the museum's extraordinary permanent collection, visit my Art Blog