LILLE.-For the first time in Lille, the entire series of Goyas (1746-1828) Caprichos will be presented along with contemporary interpretations of the Spanish artists series of prints.
Composed of 80 etched and aquatint prints, Goyas Caprichos explore such universal themes as romantic relationships, power and religion. These inventive, finely-crafted satirical images are open to a wide variety of interpretations. In 1799 Goya published a series of 80 prints titled Caprichos depicting what he called
...the innumerable foibles and follies to be found in any civilized society, and from the common prejudices and deceitful practices which custom, ignorance, or self-interest have made usual.
Following in Goyas footsteps, Japanese artist Yasumasa Morimura (Los Nuevos Caprichos) and British artists Jake and Dinos Chapman (Like a Dog Returns to its Vomit) make use of cross-dressing, provocation and the fantastic to bring their personal universes face-to-face with Goyas own wild imaginings. Sculptures by Thomas Schütte, Rona Pondick and David Reekie complete the panorama.