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Butchers and Dragons — in London


by Jerome Weeks 5 Jul 2011

Philip Haas’ remarkable multi-media installation, ‘Butchers, Dragons, Gods and Skeletons,’ continues to have an after-life, following its blockbuster appearance at the Kimbell in 2009.

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Remember Philip Haas’ incredible multi-media exhibition at the Kimbell, Butchers, Dragons, Gods and Skeletons? To my mind, it was the art event of  2009 (OK, so maybe the opening of the AT&T PAC loomed larger).

Haas’ fascinating takes on classic works in the Kimbell’s collection (a Chinese scroll, a James Ensor painting) continue to pop up around the world. The latest incarnation: His film installation, The Death of Pentheus (above), inspired by a Greek wine cup from the 5th century B. C., will be projected on to London’s National Theatre, July 22.

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