Raqib Shaw’s 2013 exhibition was the first time the artists work had been shown in the Czech Republic. Working closely with the Rudolfinium and curator Petr Nedoma Shaw selected a series of works which sort to express the full depth and complexity of his practise.
“Raqib Shaw creates bestial energy-filled scenes with a strong erotic or even sadomasochistic subtext, richly filled with hybrid creatures – half human, half animal – whose behaviour is controlled by basal instincts. The decoratively-conceived backgrounds of scenes blend rich oriental carpet patterns and ornamental elements of Persian illuminated manuscripts from the 15th century – on which Raqib Shaw often focuses thematically, when he loosely bases his work on Persian and Greco-Roman mythological stories and fables. The animal scenes form a complex which combines the evocatively-conceived work of old masters of the Western tradition, including Hans Holbein and Hieronymus Bosch, as well as the history of visual and literary cultures of East and West.” – Galerie Rudolfinium.
The exhibition was a collaboration between Manchester Art Gallery and Rudolfinum Prague.