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Art & Design: The Royal Family

Timed to coincide with the British Royal Wedding later this spring, the exhibition The Royal Family opened at the Hayward Gallery this past weekend and runs to the 2nd of May.

At the center of the exhibition lies the apparent contradiction of the British monarchy’s presence in the 21st century and its representation in the media. Exploring notions of class, celebrity and the visual language of the state, a range of media is used including photography, drawing, film and ceramics, making for an intriguing alternative to traditional commissioned portraits of the Royals.

Adam Dant’s satirical drawings of Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice transforms the pair into goddesses, whereas Hans- Peter Feldmann’s Ten Pound with Red Nose sees Queen Elizabeth II acquire the bright round nose of a circus clown as represented on the ten pound note. Alison Jackson’s photograph William and Kate in Bed, 2011 sees two lookalikes of the famous couple embracing in bed, exploring the notion of the paparazzi, privacy and royal celebrity.

Photos: Courtesy of the Hayward Gallery

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