Hans Haacke

A Breed Apart

1978

Artist
Hans Haacke born 1936
Medium
7 photographs, black and white and colour, on paper on hardboard
Dimensions
Image, each: 910 x 910 mm
frame, each: 920 x 920 x 37mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Patrons of New Art through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1988
Reference
T05206

Not on display

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Since the mid-1960s, Haacke has produced controversial, unflinchingly political works exposing systems of power and influence. Many of these have focused on the unethical investment or labour practices of multinational corporations, but he has also examined the power relations within the art world itself. A Breed Apart targets the former car manufacturer British Leyland. The contrasts between the brutal 'real' world and the glamourised realm of advertising draw out the double standards of British Leyland's involvement with the South African apartheid regime.

Gallery label, October 2000

Film and audio

TateShots

Hans Haacke: Exposing systems of power

The artist talks about two key works, Condensation Cube 1963–5 and A Breed Apart 1978

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