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"APOCALYPSE - Beauty and horror in contemporary art
2000-09-23 until 2000-12-15
Royal Academy of the Arts
This autumn the Royal Academy will present Apocalypse, a major exhibition of international
contemporary art which will reflect aspects of the richness, beauty, horror, complexity and diversity of
the world today. Concentrating on themes inspired by the arrival of the 21st century, the exhibition will
feature some thirteen installations, paintings, sculptures and video works, the majority of which have
never been seen in public before.
Apocalypse is a story of extremes. This exhibition is a contemporary, secular interpretation of the
biblical story of St John the Divine which contains elements ranging from the horrors of genocide to the
beauties of Utopia. These elements are represented in the exhibition which aims to demonstrate the
possibilities art holds in the world in which we live.
Artists in Apocalypse are: Darren Almond, Maurizio Cattelan, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Chris
Cunningham, Angus Fairhurst, Mike Kelley, Jeff Koons, Mariko Mori, Tim Noble and Sue Webster,
Richard Prince, Gregor Schneider, Wolfgang Tillmans and Luc Tuymans.
The exhibition encompasses all media from painting and sculpture to multi media works using the latest
technology. Anticipated works in the show range from a monumental new piece by the Chapman
brothers - Hell - depicting the horrors of 20th-century genocide, to Mariko Mori's highly spiritual
21st-century Dream Temple. Powerful new paintings by Luc Tuymans will be included as will a video
installation by cult pop video maker Chris Cunningham, whose work has never previously been
exhibited in a gallery, accompanied by a soundtrack by Richard James, the Aphex Twin.
For the first time in the Academy's history, each artist will be given their own gallery. Works by young
British artists Darren Almond and Jake and Dinos Chapman were previously exhibited in Sensation:
Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection, held at the Royal Academy in 1997.