Galerie Rudolfinum

Raqib Shaw

7. 6. 2013 – 15. 9. 2013
large gallery
Curator: Petr Nedoma

This will be the first time that a representative selection of the works of Raqib Shaw will be shown in the Czech Republic. Works from previous years, which form the pinnacle of his work thus far, have been chosen for the Prague exhibition. The uniqueness of the exhibition also lies in the fact that it was designed through direct interaction with the artist. The exhibition was prepared in cooperation with the Manchester Art Gallery.

about the exhibition

Raqib Shaw creates bestial energy-filled scenes with a strong erotic or even sadomasochistic subtext, richly filled with hybrid creatures – half human, half animal – whose behaviour is controlled by basal instincts. The decoratively-conceived backgrounds of scenes blend rich oriental carpet patterns and ornamental elements of Persian illuminated manuscripts from the 15th century – on which Raqib Shaw often focuses thematically, when he loosely bases his work on Persian and Greco-Roman mythological stories and fables. The animal scenes form a complex which combines the evocatively-conceived work of old masters of the Western tradition, including Hans Holbein Jr. and Hieronymus Bosch, as well as the history of visual and literary cultures of East and West.

Raqib Shaw was born in Calcutta in 1974 and grew up in Kashmir in the family of an Indian fabrics and carpet dealer, in which Hindu, Buddhist and Christian traditions were liberally interconnected. In 1998, Raqib moved to London, where he began studying Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, from where he graduated in 2002 with an MA in Fine Art.

His extraordinary style of painting, both in terms of technique and, especially, in the contemplation of the essence, possibilities and use of a the wide range of layers which it inherently possesses, is the one of the most important reason underpinning the decision to present this work in Prague.

A richly-illustrated catalogue will be published alongside the exhibition, which will include essay by David Lomas, Professor of Art History at University of Manchester, and forewords by Maria Balshaw, Director of Manchester City Galleries and Petr Nedoma, Director of Galerie Rudolfinum.

videotrailer, 3 min.

videotrailer, 3 min.

admission

admission

Full 130 CZK
Reduced 80 CZK

partners

partners

Main partner of the exhibition
J & T Banka

General partner of the gallery
UniCredit Bank, Czech Republic

Partners of the exhibition
British Council, Prague
AON

Main media partner
Lidové noviny, lidovky.cz

Media partners
Český rozhlas, Radio 1, Art and Antiques, Metropolis, ArtMap, The Prague Post

Collegium 1704

This exhibition is a collaboration between Manchester Art Gallery and Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague.

publications

publications

  • Raqib Shaw, David Lomas, Maria Balshaw, Petr Nedoma, Manchester Art Gallery 2013
attachments
reproductions

reproductions

Paradise Lost (detail), 2001-2011, oil, acrylic, enamel, glitter on birch wood, 300 x 900 cm  , © Courtesy of the Artist and White Cube
Paradise Lost (detail), 2001-2011, oil, acrylic, enamel, glitter on birch wood, 300 x 900 cm , © Courtesy of the Artist and White Cube
Absence of God III... And His Tears of Blood Will Drown the Cities of Men, 2008, acrylic, enamel, glitter on fine portrait linen, © Courtesy of the Artist and White Cube
Absence of God III... And His Tears of Blood Will Drown the Cities of Men, 2008, acrylic, enamel, glitter on fine portrait linen, © Courtesy of the Artist and White Cube
Whimsy Beastie / BUSHVAMPS I, 2012, watercolour, graphite, acrylic, enamel, glitter on paper, 66.5 x 60.5 cm, © Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus  Ropac, Paris-Salzburg
Whimsy Beastie / BUSHVAMPS I, 2012, watercolour, graphite, acrylic, enamel, glitter on paper, 66.5 x 60.5 cm, © Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris-Salzburg
Monkey King Boudoir II, 2012, graphite, acrylic, enamel, glitter on paper mounted on board, 121 x 274 cm, © Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus  Ropac, Paris-Salzburg
Monkey King Boudoir II, 2012, graphite, acrylic, enamel, glitter on paper mounted on board, 121 x 274 cm, © Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris-Salzburg
St Sebastian of the Poppies, 2011-12, oil, acrylic, enamel, glitter on birch wood, 152.4 cm, © Courtesy Pace Gallery
St Sebastian of the Poppies, 2011-12, oil, acrylic, enamel, glitter on birch wood, 152.4 cm, © Courtesy Pace Gallery
The Blue Moon Beam Gatherer, 2010, oil, acrylic, enamel, glitter and rhinestones on birch wood, 152.1 x 213.7 cm , © Private Collection. Courtesy of Pace Gallery
The Blue Moon Beam Gatherer, 2010, oil, acrylic, enamel, glitter and rhinestones on birch wood, 152.1 x 213.7 cm , © Private Collection. Courtesy of Pace Gallery
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