Raqib Shaw

07 June15 September 2013

Prague

Raqib Shaw’s 2013 exhibition was the first time the artists work had been shown in the Czech Republic. Working closely with the Rudolfinium and curator Petr Nedoma Shaw selected a series of works which sort to express the full depth and complexity of his practise.

“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.” – Galerie Rudolfinium.

The exhibition was a collaboration between Manchester Art Gallery and Rudolfinum Prague.

Raqib Shaw, Galerie Rudolfinium Prague 2013.

Installation photographed by Ondrej Polak, courtesy Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague.

Artworks photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd, Ben Westoby, Ellen Broughton and Todd-White Art Photography

Exhibition Artworks

After George Stubbs “Cheetah and Stag with Two Indians”, 2013

Gardens of Earthly Delights Synopsis, 2012

Absence of God Synopsis, 2012

Paradise Lost Synopsis, 2012

Arrival of the Horse King (Paradise Lost Series), 2012

Candelabrum I, 2012

Candelabrum II, 2012

The Napoleon Suite, 2012

Suite of the Emerald Green Boudoir, 2012

Suite of the Ruby Red Boudoir of Beasts, 2012

Monkey King Boudoir I, 2012

Monkey King Boudoir II, 2012

Whimsy Beasties ‘Falcock’, 2012

Whimsy Beasties ‘Lemanzee’, 2012

Whimsy Beasties ‘Bushvamps I’, 2012

Whimsy Beasties ‘Cock-A-Luki’, 2012

Whimsy Beasties ‘Cock-A-Liki’, 2012

Whimsy Beasties ‘Cockyena’, 2012

Whimsy Beasties ‘Bullcock’, 2012

Whimsy Beasties ‘Hounderel I’, 2012

Whimsy Beasties ‘Hounderel II’, 2012

Whimsy Beasties ‘Falchip’, 2012

Whimsy Beasties ‘Vulchip’, 2012

Whimsy Beasties ‘Vampoon’, 2012

St. Sebastian of the Poppies, 2012

Small Adam, 2011

Narcissus (White Swan), 2011

Ode to the First Tonbo Dance/Ode to the Second Tonbo Dance, 2011

Ode to the Fireballs of Pleasure, 2011

Invasion of the Divine Fireballs, 2011

The First Bird Man of the Universe/The Second Bird Man of the Universe, 2011

Paradise Lost ‘Chapter 1’, 2011

An Ode to the Dissolving Silk of Dusk, 2011

Blue Moon Beam Gatherer, 2010

Ode to the Lost Moon When Innocence Was Young, 2010

Ode to the Lost Moon of the Lesser Himalayas on the Banks of the Lidder, 2009

Absence of God III, 2008

Absence of God V, 2008