Christie’s Mayfair revisits the works of Pieter Brueghel the Elder
'The Bad Shepherd'
Running until January 16, 2015, this is the first exhibition ever to showcase the unique work of the Pieter Brueghel in dialogue with contemporary art, and works that are rarely seen from private collections.
Co-curators Darren Leak and Jacob Uecker, specialists in Christie’s post-war and contemporary art department, said, “The works in the exhibition all have a strong narrative within, addressing universal themes that translate very well. With Brueghel it’s the odd, the crude and the grotesque that are important and have resonance with contemporary works and the contemporary viewer. There will be one work by every artist on each floor, so viewers will be walking into a conversation between images and the vibration between Brueghel, his contemporaries and artists of our age, time and time again.”
The Flemish Renaissance painter and printmaker was known for his landscapes and peasant scenes from the 1950s. Brueghel brought a modern sensibility to European painting, as he portrayed a contemporary vision of humanity and the everyday world, from the rituals of village life to religious themes.
Now, Christie's Mayfair is revisiting the past and the work of the Brueghels through a contemporary lens, presenting Brueghels art and his contemporaries alongside prominent present-day artists, such as Peter Doig, Jeff Wall, Thomas Schütte, Jeff Koons, Neo Rauch and Sarah Lucas.
The Bad Sheperd explores Brueghel's timeless depictions of the natural and man-made world, good and bad, life and death, creating a unique visual dialogue between Brueghel's many unseen works with art by contemporary artists who have been influenced by the iconic artist.