I’ve got some work in this show opening soon at V1 gallery in Copenhagen, including a new print of my version of the Devil tarot card called Lucifer and Child …
V1 GALLERY PROUDLY PRESENTS
TOOT TOOT TOOTSIE GOODBYE
A group exhibition with:
Jake & Dinos Chapman, Stephen Dunne, Neal Fox, Susan Hiller, Dionisis Kavallieratos, Dennis
Curated by Francesca Gavin
OPENING: FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 13. 2013. TIME: 17.00 - 22.00
EXHIBITION PERIOD: SEPTEMBER 14 – OCTOBER 19. 2013.
In 1945, the Nazis would broadcast German propaganda speeches on loudspeakers to the Allied
enemies. Then a US soldier deactivating landmines, writer, director and actor Mel Brooks would
respond by setting up speakers and singing Jewish musical theatre performer Al Jolsonʼs song ʻToot
Toot Tootsie Goodbyeʼ on repeat to the Germans.
Mel Brooks has spent much of his career parodying Hitler and German national socialists. Yet his desire
was not to lessen the horrors of war and genocide. As he stated in a 2006 interview with Der Spiegel,
his aim was to bring Hitler and Nazis down with ridicule and laughter. “You can laugh at Hitler because
you can cut him down to normal size… Of course it is impossible to take revenge for 6 million murdered
Jews. But by using the medium of comedy, we can try to rob Hitler of his posthumous power and
Although much of the work in this exhibition is responding to the legacy of World War II and Nazis, the
aim is to create an exhibition that highlights the increasing perils of the far right in contemporary Europe.
The objective is to create a discussion that highlights the worrying current rise of parties who are
exploiting a moment of economic crises for political aims – such as the Golden Dawn in Greece,
Svoboda in the Ukraine, the Jobbik party in Hungary.
The point of the exhibition is not to soften or lessen the impact of the Nazis and the far right extremist
rhetoric and violence. The intention in putting together this exhibition was to emphasise the importance
of a continued awareness of the impact and horrors of the far right.
The lessons and experience of mid-20th century Europe are all too easily forgotten. By placing together
work that veers from the satirical to the deeply disturbing, the aim is to create a real effect in the viewer.
Hitting them with horror and the unacceptable at moments when humour has lowered their barriers.
Francesca Gavin is a curator and writer based in London. She is the author of 4 books including ʻ100
New Artistsʼ and ʻNew Gothic Artʼ, is the Visual Arts Editor of ʻDazed & Confusedʼ magazine and the
curator of the Soho House Collection. Francesca Gavin has curated shows internationally that include
The Dark Cube at the Palais de Tokyo 2012, and The New Psychedelica at MU Eindhoeven 2011.