History and Legacy Reconsidered in the Now: Ghosts of Empires II at Ben Brown Fine Arts London

1883 Magazine

If you have visited Ben Brown Fine Arts in Mayfair recently, you will have been lucky enough to catch the truly wondrous Les Lalanne: Makers of Dreams, an extensive survey of the work of the late legendary French artistic duo François-Xavier and Claude Lalanne – known collectively as ‘Les Lalanne.’

Choreographed by the late famed Italian designer Manfredi della Gherardesca, the exhibition – which runs until 29 July – presents an unprecedented body of over 100 iconic works that come alive as a magical menagerie spread across not just Ben Brown Fine Arts itself but also the newly opened Claridge’s ArtSpace across the road. From François-Xavier’s ingeniously functional Hippopotame I, a life-size hippopotamus in blue resin which opens up to reveal a full bath suite (currently situated in the main foyer of Claridge’s), to the various iterations of Claude’s surrealist Choupatte – superbly detailed veined cabbage leaves atop whimsical chickens’ feet – the exhibition is playful, witty and vastly ambitious.

Following on in brilliant form this autumn, Ben Brown Fine Arts has just announced yet another impressive show: Ghosts of Empires ll, which is curated by Ghanaian-American curator and cultural critic Larry Ossei-Mensah. Running 15 September – 22 October 2022, the exhibition seeks to explore the intersections, overlaps, and dissonance between the Black Atlantic and Asia Imperialist Trade routes. 

July 22, 2022