Knock Knock: Humour in Contemporary Art

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Lily van der Stokker: We also sell socks, 2012 © Courtesy Valeria and Gregorio Napoleoone Collection, London. Photo: Roberto Marossi
Knock Knock: Humour in Contemporary Art
Curated by: Ryan Gander, Margot Heller

65 Peckham Road
SE5 8UH London
September 22nd, 2018 - November 18th, 2018

020 7703 6120
Tue,Thu-Sun 11-6; Wed 11-9


KNOCK KNOCK explores the enduring use of humour as a device in contemporary art. Featuring works by more than thirty artists, the show spans the SLG’s main space and three floors of its new annexe in the former Peckham Road Fire Station.

Curated by SLG Director, Margot Heller, with artist Ryan Gander, KNOCK KNOCK brings works by internationally established figures such as Maurizio Cattelan, Sarah Lucas and Ugo Rondinone into dialogue with newly commissioned and existing works by younger practitioners such as Danielle Dean, Hardeep Pandhal and Simeon Barclay. The show provides a surprising encounter with a broad range of humorous strategies, from slap-stick, parody and caricature through to the in-joke, one-liner and visual pun.

At a time of much upheaval and unease in the world, KNOCK KNOCK aims to raise a smile at a joyous moment in the history of the SLG, but also to explore what makes us laugh in art and why.

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