Contemporary Eye: CrossoversContemporary Eye: Crossovers

Wallpaper

Wallpaper

Especially for the Crossovers exhibition, the white-cube spaces of the new gallery have been transformed into intimate domestic spaces mirroring the historic rooms of the eighteenth-century townhouse.

Room 12 has been hung with ‘Insult to Injury' wallpaper by Jake and Dinos Chapman, which was produced using the motif of their renowned re-workings of Goya's 'Los Caprichos' etchings. The traditional vignet formation found on French wallpapers of the 19th century has on close inspection here been changed into another of the Chapman brothers' signature works. Over this hangs a Chippendale-design giltwood mirror, Hogarth's political satire ‘The Beggar's Opera' and historic furniture - thus emphasising the interplay of historic and modern that characterises Pallant House Gallery.

The last room of the exhibition is hung with Damien Hirst's Butterfly wallpaper. This wallpaper, depicting a range of colourful butterflies, was first shown in the In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida exhibition at Tate Britain, London, in 2004. Similar in pattern, colour and formation to a kaleidoscopic vision, this claustrophobic grouping of butterflies echoes the Victorian obsessive trend for collecting natural history, and also the escapist but visually electrifying experiences associated with the 1960s psychedelic era.