Prices escalate when contemporary artists give old masters a makeover

   |  20 July 2011  |  AMA  |  Tweet  |  LinkedIn

London, 20 July 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).

The contemporary artists Jake and Dinos Chapman, currently the subject of an exhibition at White Cube Gallery until 17 September 2011, are the authors of a unique artwork. The artistic duo reinterpreted a painting attributed to Pieter Brueghel the Younger, a major Renaissance painter who died in 1636.

The original seventeenth-century painting was sold for £39,000 at Sotheby’s Amsterdam in 2007 and was presented as the Crucifixion by Pieter Brueghel. The piece was subsequently transformed by Jake and Dinos Chapman, who altered the colours and added a standing model wearing a Ku Klux Klan outfit. The work is now entitled Oi Pieter, I k-k-khan see your house from here and was resold for £750,000 in 2007.

As usual, the installation by the two brothers engages with questions of culture, politics and racism. The two artists previously reinterpreted a lithograph by Goya.

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