The Great Exhibition (1971 - 2016)
The exhibition presents you as a unique artistic vision, with over fifty images selected by Gilbert & George.
As the two most iconic in the art world, dressed in near-coordinated and perfectly ironed suits, Gilbert & George have been residing in the same East End neighborhood of London since the 1960s. Fearless and direct, their art has the power to upset the viewer.
GILBERT & GEORGE - AN INDIVISIBLE ARTISTIC ENTITY
Since they met at Saint Martin's School of Art, Gilbert (born in the Dolomites, Italy, in 1943) and George (born in Devon, UK, in 1942) have followed their own path. Being both subjects and objects of their art, they are indisputably an indivisible artistic entity and have dedicated their life to art. By engaging in a discipline as rigorous as it is creative, keeping their life at home and in the East End studio in simple classroom routines, they have given way to total creative madness.
In the film Gilbert & George tell us about their art and take us on one of their legendary walks through a neighborhood that has provided material for their art for more than 50 years. We met again in Stockholm for a stroll through the finished exhibition at Moderna Museet.
Comedy, tragedy, despair, fearlessness and sadness
From floor to ceiling, the exhibition space is filled with images that are both exciting and frightening, grotesque and austere, surreal and symbolic. The images almost always portray the artists themselves, often staring directly at the viewer. Sex, money, race and religion are among the subjects of their art, which manages to combine happiness and sadness.
Punk rocker and hipster, Morris dance and bombs, autumn leaves and announcements of all kinds: Gilbert and George probe the world around us with piercing eyes. "The Great Exhibition"
is democratic, generous and extravagant like its creators. Gilbert & George proclaim "art for all".
Curators: Hans Ulrich Obrist and Daniel Birnbaum