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The Trash-ic. Or Trash in the Face of Beauty

Until 3rd June.

French-Lebanese artist Mouna Rebeiz has opened a new exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, exploring the tension and relationship between trash and beauty, and the ways in which they coexist in art. Following in the path of artists such as Goya and Picasso, Rebeiz’ art seeks to reflect the movements of the time: the grotesque, the violent and the beautiful all at once.

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This is her second solo show in London, following 2015’s Le Tarbouche. Many of the pieces demonstrate a juxtaposition between classical and modern styles of painting – traditional figures that also feature geometric shapes and bright, primary colours.

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Alongside the exhibition, Rebeiz has asked internationally renowned artists and designers to create unique pieces created from ceramic piggy banks. The proceeds from this project will go to the charity Innocence in Danger UK, whose goal is to identify, rescue, support and accompany victims of sexual abuse and exploitation.

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Some of the designers involved in the piggy bank project include Lulu Guinness, Jimmy Choo, Jo Malone, Lanvin and Christian Lacroix. Select pieces were auctioned by Sotheby’s on the exhibition’s opening night.

The Trash-ic. Or Trash in the Face of Beauty, Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, SW3 4RY