KNOCK KNOCK: HUMOUR IN CONTEMPORARY ART
22 Sep – 18 Nov 2018

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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 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.

Exhibition view

Hardeep Pandhal, Konfessions of a Klabautermann,
(detail), 2017
Joyce Pensato, Black and White Mickey, 2018
Pilvi Takala, Real Snow White, 2009
Lynn Hershman Leeson, Seduction, 1985