Gilbert & George

    From July 11, 2020

    Gilbert & George invited Julia Peyton-Jones to their house in East London where they live and work. The artists conducted a tour of their studio presenting models and catalogues of two of their current exhibitions, describing how they make their pictures in addition to showing their work in progress on their latest series entitled ‘The New Normal’ as well as other projects which are underway.

    The conversation covered the artist’s work over nearly six decades since their meeting in 1967 as students at St. Martin's School of Art. Working under the credo 'Art for All', Gilbert & George maintain that their art and life are inseparable. Gaining critical acclaim for their legendary performance 'The Singing Sculpture' in 1970 they have created a body of work which consistently reflects the world around them and the time in which it was made.


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  • The Great Exhibition
    February 22, 2020 - May 10, 2020
    Kunsthalle Zürich
    Limmatstrasse 270
    Zürich, Switzerland

    Luma Westbau and Kunsthalle Zürich are showing an extensive retrospective of 50 years of artistic collaboration between Gilbert & George. THE GREAT EXHIBITION (1971-2016) allows unique insight into their visually powerful, boundless – and sometimes provocative – artistic universe.

    The exhibition has been created in close collaboration with Gilbert & George and they will be present at the opening in Zürich on the 21 February. For the artists this marks a return to Switzerland 25 years after their solo exhibition at the Kunsthalle Zürich in 1992, curated by Bernhard Mendes Bürgi. 

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  • The Great Exhibition
    September 13, 2019 - January 5, 2020
    Astrup Fearnley Museum
    Strandpromenaden 2
    Oslo, Norway

    THE GREAT EXHIBITION comprises works from the period 1971 to 2016. The exhibition is packed from floor to ceiling with pictures that are grotesque and terse, surrealistic and symbolic, but consistently within the strict grid that is emblematic of the duo.

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  • The great exhibition
    February 9, 2019 - May 12, 2019
    Moderna Museet
    Slupskjulsvägen 7
    111 49 Stockholm

    For more than five decades Gilbert & George have been creating art that challenges the conventions of art and society with a blatant disregard for any notions of “good taste”. The Great Exhibition treats you to a unique artistic vision, with over fifty pictures selected by the artists.

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    November 30, 2018 - April 30, 2019
    Luitpoldstrasse 5
    Nüremberg, Germany

    Neues Museum presents four works by the duo under the title Gilbert & George. Fuckosophy. This is actually a reunion, since the two artists made a high-profile appearance at Kunsthalle Nürnberg in 1970 as The Singing Sculptures. As there is no document of this event, Gilbert & George selected a film made in 1991 at Sonnabend Gallery in New York that shows the performance much as it took place twenty years earlier in Nuremberg at the opening of the exhibition Das Ding als Objekt. Europäische Objektkunst des 20. Jahrhunderts. By declaring themselves to be sculptures, they made an important contribution to expanding the definition of sculpture. Fuckosophy for All was chosen as the title for this exhibition at Neues Museum. On two walls, wallpaper printed in black and red features hundreds of versions of the F-word. For Gilbert & George, this tirade is a “great experiment in literature”. They see fuckosophy as a “kind of utopia where you can say whatever you want.” Compared with philosophy, fuckosophy is “more democratic,” they stress, “more art for everyone.”

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    July 28, 2018 - July 28, 2018
    Salzburg Halle

    Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburger Kunstverein and the International Summer Academy of Fine Arts are pleased to invite you to an Artist Talk with Gilbert & George followed by a Book Signing of the new catalogue, which is published on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition THE BEARD PICTURES at Salzburg Halle.
    11AM Opening Gilbert & George THE BEARD PICTURES
    11.30AM Artist Talk with Hildegund Amanshauser (International Summer Academy of Fine Arts) and Séamus Kealy (Salzburger Kunstverein)
    followed by a Book Signing

    Shuttles are available from Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Villa Kast, Mirabellplatz 2 to Salzburg Halle between 10.30AM to 1.30PM

    “THE BEARD PICTURES are violent, eerie, grotesque, lurid and crazed. They show a dream-like world of paranoia and destruction and madness.
    Gilbert & George take their places within the BEARD PICTURES as intense, red, staring, empty-headed and sinister versions of themselves. Their eyes are shadowed and bizarrely prettified. Mutant impish explorers or dead-headed sentinels, they seem to look at, into and through the viewer. They look possessed and serious. They look as though their spirits might have left their bodies. They look stern, absurd, imprisoned, mocking and mocked. In each picture they wear beards that are surreal and symbolic. Beards made of wire mesh, beards made of beer foam, beards made of flowers, beards comprising rabbits with snakes for tongues. Secular and sacred, the throwback emblem of hip millennial youth as well as a mark of religious faith, the beard is depicted in THE BEARD PICTURES as both mask and meaning: a sign of the times.“
    (Michael Bracewell)

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  • The Great Exhibition (1971-2016)
    July 2, 2018 - January 6, 2019
    Luma Arles, Parc des Ateliers
    45 chemin des Minimes
    Arles, France

    At a time of reflection on Gilbert & George’s one-of-a-kind half century of creating Art together, Luma presents The Great Exhibition curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Daniel Birnbaum that seeks to capture and revel in Gilbert & George’s unique universe. Featuring a selection of historical pictures deemed by the artists themselves as the most representative of their art and life together.

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    January 26, 2018 - April 22, 2018
    The MAC Belfast
    10 Exchange St West
    Belfast, BT1 2NJ

    SCAPEGOATING PICTURES for Belfast is the first significant presentation of work by Gilbert and George in Ireland since their attention-grabbing exhibition at Ormeau Baths Gallery in 1999.


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  • Gilbert & George: Scapegoating Pictures for London
    July 8, 2017 - September 24, 2017
    Ludwig Múzeum – Museum of Contemporary Art
    Komor Marcell u. 1
    Budapest, Hungary

    Working together for nearly 50 years now, the artist duo originally gained world fame with their hand-painted photo-based artworks. Their art practice blurs the boundaries of private life and creative life, and most often the protagonists of their works are themselves, their main theme being modern-day urban existence. The series Scapegoating Pictures represents a fast, ever so technology-based, multicultural world, in which paranoia, fundamentalism, religion, and victimized existence emerge.

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    November 28, 2015 - March 28, 2016
    Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)
    Tasmania, Australia

    The artists' first Australian retrospective will showcase ninety-seven pictures from 1970 to 2014, obliging a view of the modern world through the lens of their distinctive compositions.

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