Horror exhibition opens with Noel Fielding painting and Thatcher puppet
An exhibition exploring how the last 50 years of “creative rebellion” have been shaped by the horror genre is set to open at Somerset House in London on Thursday.
The Horror Show! is made up of three acts – Monster, Ghost and Witch – and begins with the emergence of punks and “1970s anarchy” before tackling the “revolutionary potential” of modern witchcraft.
The exhibition offers a room dedicated to “freaks who go out at night”.
This includes new artwork by Pam Hogg and Gareth Pugh, as well as an original costume by Leigh Bowery and archival pieces documenting the famous Taboo and Kinky Gerlinky parties.
Elsewhere, a 2007 piece by David Shrigley depicts a stuffed cat holding a sign with the message “I’m dead”.
Also featured is a Margaret Thatcher puppet from the satirical series Spitting Image, paired with a crown made by punk fashion designer Judy Blame.
There’s also a painting of comedian and Great British Bake Off co-host Noel Fielding.
Fielding’s cult BBC Three series The Mighty Boosh also contributes to the collection in the form of a large furry mask of the gorilla character Bollo.
Also on display is Jeremy Millar’s “corpse” graphic work, Self-Portrait As A Drowned Man (The Willows).
Elsewhere in the exhibition there are large-scale sculpture, fashion, painting and ‘cabinets of curiosities’.
The Horror Show! opens at Somerset House on October 27 and will run until February 19, 2023.