Known and Unknown...


07/11/18 - Saatchi Gallery in London presents a new exhibition (“Known-Unknown”) which combines artists born between 1966 and 1990, some of them well known in the Art world and others just starting. Plus it offers a solo exhibition by Mouna Rebeiz and artwoks from the Gallery’s very own collection. Quite a change for the spectacular building on Duke of York square.
We have gotten used to the large and studied exhibitions organized by Saatchi Gallery, always with free admission, which occupied the entire venue, such as those dedicated to Chinese artists or the innovators of the 20th and 21st century. Today, however, it presents different options at the same time. The exhibition dedicated to the French/Lebanese artist Rebeiz introduces us to her personal vision of beauty in today’s society, by examinating the techniques of the great masters. Each artwork explores the tension between beauty and garbage while they co-habit in the same piece. The aim is to present the changes we have been adopting in our behavior. For example, the narcissism of yesterday’s self-portraits against today’s selfie, as a symbol of the power of the screens over us and how our ego is in crisis. In the portrait of a woman wearing Renaissance clothes, modernity is introduced with the bar code below left and the modern backgrpound.
Je selfie donc je suis, by Mouna Rebeiz
Technique: oil on canvas / Measures: 213 x 211, 2017
Mé-Connaissance des arts Ou (mon Eléonore), by Mouna Rebeiz
Technique: oil on canvas / Measures: 199 x 150 cm, 2016
Rebeiz’s exhibition is completed with an installation made with several piggy banks, a very common 20th century object to teach kids how to save. Each pig was decorated by a different designer or artist and in a few months will be auctioned for a charity protecting children from abuse. 
Innocence In Danger, by Mouna Rebeiz (Mayo 2018)
Technique: installation with piggy banks

Innocence In Danger, by Mouna Rebeiz (May 2018) - Detail
Technique: installation with piggy bank
Among the most interesting artists in the exhibition "Known-Unknown", we want to talk about Kirstine Roepstorff, for her landscapes made with collages and Isobel Smith, for her strange and questioning object.
You are being lied to, by Kirstine Roepstorff
Technique: paper, glitter, sequins, collage over aluminium

Bunny (Crying the Neck), by Isobel Smith
Material: Bronze / Measures: 33 x 52 cm
Smith’s bronze sculpture shows us the “other”, someone not familiar, although we are not quite sure if it is in fact a person, an object or something strange. This exhibition is about those artists that explore different ways to provoque our senses and Smith certainly achieves this. What’s interesting about it is how many possible mediums (video, sculpture, painting, installation) can be used by the artists to express our times.

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