Toy giants exhibition
(Image credit: Daniel and Geo Fuchs)

Photographers Daniel and Geo Fuchs have a penchant for shooting unusual subjects. Tombstone portraits. Dutch transsexuals. Close-ups of Louise Bourgeois’s eyes. Murder weapons. The backs of people’s heads. A dead chicken lying supine on the road.

Latest exhibition ToyGiants tackles the surreal reality of children’s toys

(Image credit: Daniel and Geo Fuchs)

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The couple’s latest exhibition ToyGiants tackles the surreal reality of children’s toys. Here, the images are magnified in a three-part series of formal portraits; magnified, in fact, to the point that the toys take on a disturbingly human dimension.

And so, the first part ‘Portraits’ reveals, beneath the waxy gloss, Batman’s troubled frown, Bruce Willis’s weary heroism and Che’s stoic glance. Outgoing American president George W. Bush is shown in fighter pilot fatigues complete with an arsenal of accessories. The fact that Dubya is still in his original packaging is a hint that a political message is being telegraphed but the intention is slippery, perhaps deliberately so.

The other two parts of the exhibition are less elusive. ‘Productions’ assembles subversive tableaus such as Andy Warhol on a hospital stretcher borne by characters from Planet of the Apes (pictured top); while the last part of the triptych ‘Setting Up’ is the toy world’s equivalent of an Alex Ross convocation of iconic names – like the star-studded line up of Ultraman, Astroboy, Godzilla, Doraemon and the Transformers in the portrait ‘Japan Family’(pictured above).


Young Gallery
Conrad Hotel
71 Avenue Louise (Inner square)
1050 Brussels

Harriet Lloyd-Smith was the Arts Editor of Wallpaper*, responsible for the art pages across digital and print, including profiles, exhibition reviews, and contemporary art collaborations. She started at Wallpaper* in 2017 and has written for leading contemporary art publications, auction houses and arts charities, and lectured on review writing and art journalism. When she’s not writing about art, she’s making her own.