The most comprehensive Chapman brothers exhibition for nearly 20 years explores wide ranging subjects from the history of art to morality and consumer culture.

A collection of painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture, film, music and literature by the artist brothers best known for their provocative, confrontational works, imbued with a delightfully dark sense of humour.

The Chapmans first began collaborating in the early 1990s, gaining attention for Disasters of War, a three-dimensional reconstruction of Goya's etchings in which scenes of brutal violence were played out by miniature plastic figurines that the brothers had carefully reshaped and painted by hand.

Since then the pair have gone onto cause controversy with works including a set of altered Goya etchings, for which they painted clown and cartoon heads over the original faces of the figures, as well as a series of Hell landscapes, which depict scenes of excessive brutality involving Nazi soldiers.

The Serpentine's director Julia Peyton-Jones describes the brothers as 'heroes and trailblazers', commenting on how their surreal and nightmarish imagery 'compel us to confront the nagging fears that lie at the dark heart of the Western psyche'.

Watch a video about the exhibition, presented by art critic and writer Jacky Klein.

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