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.
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