Pierre was born in 1950 in La Roche-Sur-Yon, Gilles in Le Havre in 1953. They are internationally renowned artists who have been producing works together since 1976, creating a world where painting and photography meet. Their art is peopled by their friends and family, anonymous and famous, who appear in sophisticated life-size sets the artists build in their studio. They meticulously apply paint to the photographs once printed on canvas. Accomplished image creators, Pierre and Gilles have built up an extraordinary contemporary iconography on the frontier between art history and popular culture.
Narcisse ou la floraison des mondes – group show
Inspired by the mythic figure that fascinates both classical and contemporaneous artists, the group show Narcisse ou la floraison des mondes gathers more than a hundred works (video, installation, painting, drawing, photograph, sculpture) interrogating the hierarchy of artistic genders and the making of lively industry. The exhibition presented by the FRAC of Nouvelle Aquitaine highlights new resources of inspiration such as the ‘eco-feminism’ movement, or the recent approaches of science and philosophy.Lovers of icons, Pierre et Gilles take parts in this group exhibition with a portrait untitled “La Cerise sur le gâteau”.
From June 23 to August 22, 2020
MÉCA, 5 parvis Corto Maltese, 33800 Bordeaux, France
Hortus Conclusus. L’illusione di un paradiso – group show
The exhibition starts with the Christian allegory of the enclosed garden – image of the Paradise and the virginity of Mary – and the Greek myth of the Rape of Europa, which relates the heroic journey of a kidnapped young girl, founder of European civilization. While Western art has assimilated and propagated these two iconographies since the Middle Ages, their study still offers a key to contemplate the works of contemporary artists who explore the relationship between man and his territory, between identity and culture. Like the United States, Europe seems today to defend the idea of a hortus conclusus , a new Eden inaccessible and surrounded by walls, both physical and mental.
Works by contemporary artists such as Pierre et Gilles are introduced with a section of prints of the 15th, 16th and 17th century from Albrecht Dürer, to Hendrick Goltzius and Remoldus Eynhoudts.
From June 3 to November 8 2020
Via S. Biagio 9, 6500 Bellinzona, Suisse
Christian Louboutin : L’Exhibitioniste – group show
Palais de la Porte Dorée presents a new exhibition entirely dedicated to the work of Christian Louboutin, designer and creator of the internationally renowned signature red-sole shoes. Designed like a real life invitation to plunged into the creative universe of the artist, the exhibition explores all the facets of his inspiration, in a place particularly dear to the creator. By friendship and similar love for idolatry, Pierre et Gilles take part, in their own way to this high-quality exhibition.
From February 26, 2020 to January 3, 2021
Palais de la Porte Dorée, 293 Avenue Daumesnil, 75012 Paris
HEART - Romanticism in Contemporary Art
Le Musée de la Vie romantique presents a selection of around 40 art works by thirty contemporary artists on the representation of heart as an expression of the feeling of love, echoing one of the main themes of Romanticism.
This exhibition aims to open the cultural program of the museum beyond the nineteenth century by exploring the continuation of Romanticism in contemporary art, in resonance with the museum’s collections. The heart as an organ, motif and symbol is presented here through various techniques: painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, neon and photography.
In addition to the emblematic figures of Niki de Saint Phalle, Jim Dine, Annette Messager, Sophie Calle, Pierre and Gilles, Jean-Michel Othoniel and Françoise Pétrovitch, visitors will be able to discover about twenty other artists in this exhibition.
Musée de la Vie romantique, Paris, France
February 14 - July 12, 2020
BYE BYE FUTURE! L'art de voyager dans le temps - group show
Musée Royal of Mariemont presents ‘Bye, Bye Future ! L’art de voyager dans le temps’. The exhibition deals with evolutions of the future and the need for humans to control time, while emphasizing on digital creations and animated images. Bye Bye Future gathers works from international artist such as Jim Dine and Pierre et Gilles, who undertook at some point the ancestral voyage through space and time.
From January 25 to October 25, 2020
Chaussée de Mariemont, 100, 7140, Morlanwelz, Belgium
Pierre et Gilles : Le goût du cinéma - Solo show
From December 12, 2019 through April 26, 2020, the Art Center La Malmaison in Cannes welcomes the French duo Pierre and Gilles for an exhibition gathering over 40 exceptional pieces exploring their passion for cinema.
“Pierre and Gilles, the Taste of Cinema » explores the many facets of their complex relationship to cinema, whether they choose actors as models, pay homage to their own cosmogony of film references, or simply create atmospheres intrinsically connected to the Seventh art.
For the first time, a part of their creative process will be unveiled with the installation that served as the stage of one their most recent pictures “The Seller of Eiffel Towers”.
Curator: Numa Hambursin
Opening: Wednesday December 11, 6 pm, by invitation only.
CENTRE D'ART LA MALMAISON, CANNES, FRANCE
From 12/12/2019 to 26/04/2020
PIERRE ET GILLES - Idol Factory - solo show
Working together since the 1980s, the artistic duo known as Pierre and Gilles have captured the iconic aura of multiple generations of stars in their photo-paintings. With this exhibition conceived as musical and visual installation, they reveal the secrets of their art of image creation.
CITÉ DE LA MUSIQUE - PHILHARMONIE DE PARIS
MUSEE DE LA MUSIQUE, PARIS, FRANCE
From 20/11/2019 to 23/02/2020
Marie-Antoinette. Métamorphoses d’une image - Group show
No historical figure has experienced such an abundance of representations, during her lifetime, and especially, after her death, October 16, 1793. It is through nearly 200 works, art objects and archives, film clips , fashion accessories, you will discover the many representations of Marie Antoinette. The exhibition will cover five themes that will allow you to understand the different images of the queen.
LA CONCIERGERIE, PARIS, FRANCE
From 16/10/2019 to 26/01/2020
De l'amour - Group show
By associating love and science, two seemingly antinomic domains, the exhibition "De l'amour" offers a transdisciplinary exploration of this feeling with many nuances. An exhibition at the crossroads of science, society and art to better understand love and question the place of this feeling in our lives.
PALAIS DE LA DECOUVERTES, PARIS, FRANCE
From 08/10/2019 to 30/08/2020
1989 – Culture and Politics - Group show
The autumn of 2019 will mark the thirty year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. It became the political symbol of a political world order that has endured since the end of the second world war. The exhibition examines what took place in the visual culture in the broadest sense in this radical historical period, associating popular culture and high culture.
NATIONAL MUSEUM, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
From 05/09/2019 to 12/01/2020
Tattoo, L’Arte sulla pelle - Group show
M9 - The Museum of the 20th Century presents the Tattoo Exhibition, Stories on skin, organized in collaboration with Fondazione Torino Musei. The exhibition explores the worldwide and creative dimension of tattoos from an anthropological, historical, artistic and social point of view.
Tattooing is a practice which has accompanied humanity since the dawn of time to the point that we find examples in mummified bodies in Europe, Asia and Africa. It is a means of expression which has never been abandoned, although its meaning has changed throughout the centuries: the intense tangle of contaminations and exchanges among different cultures, between East and West, which has always characterized the history of tattooing, goes on today with greater force amid a globalized world where cultural and commercial exchanges are intense and continuous. It has always been a phenomenon connected to forms of social marginality – according to Genesis, the first person tattooed in history is Cain – but at the same time is a form of art and a big mass phenomenon.
The exhibition also displays numerous works by international contemporary artists: Wim Delvoye, Santiago Serra, Dr. Lakra, Mary Coble Fabio Viale. Photographs by Pierre et Gilles, Catherine Opie, Tobias Zielony, Sergei Vasiliev Plinio Martelliand Oliviero Toscani.
MUSEO DEL'900, VENICE, ITALY
From 05/07/2019 to 17/11/2019
Voilé.e.s / Désvoilé.e.s - Group show
The exhibition will focus on representations of the veil in the arts from Antiquity to the present day, through sculptures, paintings, drawings and photographs. It will bring together a hundred works from all periods.
MONASTERE DE BROU, BOURG-EN-BRESSE, FRANCE
From 16/06/2019 to 29/09/2019
Thierry Mugler, Couturissime - Group show
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is presenting the very first exhibition on the work of French creator Thierry Mugler. Initiated, produced and circulated by the MMFA, this retrospective reveals the multiple worlds of this irrepressible artistic figure – at once visionary couturier, director, photographer and perfumer – by revisiting his prêt-à-porter and haute couture creations.
Premiering in Montreal, Thierry Mugler: Couturissime brings together more than 150 garments made between 1973 and 2001, most of which are being shown for the first time, as well as a wealth of unpublished archival documents and sketches. One hundred or so photographs by such world-renowned fashion photographers as Helmut Newton, Sarah Moon, Pierre et Gilles, David LaChapelle, Paolo Roversi, Herb Ritts, Dominique Issermann, Guy Bourdin and Richard Avedon, to name a few, round out the show.
MUSEE DES BEAUX ARTS DE MONTREAL, MONTREAL, CANADA
From 02/03/2019 to 08/09/2019
Age of classics! L’Antiquité dans la culture pop - Group show
The heritage of Ancient Greece and Rome has had a lasting influence on the medieval and modern periods. The latter have absorbed, preserved, assimilated and transformed this heritage. In turn, the contemporary world and popular (pop) culture have appropriated classical models in order to give birth to new heroes and new forms of art in a globalized context.
Age of Classics brings together antique objects and productions made after the year 2000 and examines our relationship to the Greco-Roman world in various aspects of our daily lives: literature, comics, cinema and series, the visual arts, etc. How does Europe reinterpret its heritage? What is the connection between Greece, Rome and the United States of America? How and why does Asia explore Western history in its cultural productions? And in what ways has Antiquity been perpetuated in the face of today’s evolving society?
MUSEE SAINT-RAYMOND, TOULOUSE, FRANCE
From 22/02/2019 to 22/09/2019
Looking at the Pictorial World, Seemingly Old and Voluptuous - solo show
KMCA (K Museum of Contemporary Art) in Seoul presents a rare and comprehensive retrospective dedicated to French duo Pierre et Gilles; the most important show ever focusing on these icons of pop contemporary culture in Korea.
Looking at the Pictorial World, Seemingly Old and Voluptuous looks back at Pierre et Gilles’ itinerary from the 1970’s until today, gathering up to 200 works within a special scenography. The Korean public, truly attached to the artist’s work for the past 15 years, is eager to meet them again.
KMCA, SEOUL, KOREA
From 21/12/2018 to 26/05/2019
From 27 May to 20 August 2017, the Andre Malraux Museum of Modern Art (MuMa) in Le Havre, where Gilles was born, will be giving carte blanche to Pierre & Gilles for the second stage of a major retrospective held in collaboration with the Museum of Ixelles in Brussels (which will be hosting a Pierre & Gilles exhibition from 16 February to 14 May 2017). MuMa's exhibition will consist of over 80 works belonging to large museums and prestigious private collections, produced between the late 1970s and the present. Many of the images have acquired iconic status. Grouped by theme, they make up a sumptuous visual corpus.
Pierre & Gilles have also dreamed up an installation especially for the setting of MuMa. It will be based on the beach huts that are a typical feature of Le Havre and will be displayed in the main concourse of the museum. On the ground floor, they will create a new display by delving into the treasure-trove of the museum's collections. And to highlight the couple's Le Havre back-story, a "cabinet of curiosities" will present a set of unusual personal objects, juvenile drawings and art works and paintings by local artists, arranged in Pierre & Gilles' inimitable style.
Exhibition curated by Sophie Duplaix, Chief Curator of Contemporary Collections at the Centre Georges Pompidou–Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris, France
On the 9th of March 2017, the Cultural Institute Bernard Magrez, leading centre for arts and culture in Bordeaux, pays tribute to Daniel Templon through an important exhibition organised at the Château Labottière.
With over 600 exhibitions and 250 artists, the world-renowned French galerist, always knew to pay particular attention to the artistic avant-garde.
The exhibition, portrays Daniel Templon, pioneer and major figure of the art world, featuring five major artists of his gallery, offering different artistic styles: Philippe Cognée, Jan Fabre, Pierre et Gilles, Yue Minjun and Chiharu Shiota.
Already 40 years: It was in 1976 when the photographer Pierre Commoy met Gilles Blanchard, a painter from Beaux-Art in Paris, and when they start their four-handed oeuvre on the boarders between painting and photography. Under the name of Pierre and Gilles, art cannot be dissociated from personal issues or intimacy. In order to celebrate this anniversary, the artistes chose to publish a book presenting year by year like in an album.
Published in October by Flammarion, the book offers 350 illustrations, including never published photographs and a sophisticated text by Éric Troncy. It’s all in one : An anniversary, a tribute, a discovery.
Pierre et Gilles - 40 years, artist monograph published by Flammarion,
Available in bookstores on October 18, 2016