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.
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
Pierre et Gilles, le génie du christianisme - solo show
The artist duo Pierre et Gilles will be present at the 8th edition of the International Festival of Art books and Film, to unveil a never seen before exhibition and a public meet-up.
The exhibition dedicated to the theme of sacred, will be on show from the 20th until the 31st of July at the « Chapelle Basse » of the Couvent des Minimes.
COUVENT DES MINIMES, PERPIGNAN, FRANCE
From 20/06/2018 to 31/07/2018
Par amour du jeu 1998-2018 - group show
For the launch of their first cultural season, The Magasins généraux are pleased to propose an exhibition and performances exploring the links between art, football and society from 1988 to 2018.
With, among others : Neil Beloufa, Mohamed Bourouissa, Guillaume Bresson, Taro Izumi, Claude Lévêque, Melik Ohanian, Pierre et Gilles, Juergen Teller, Kehinde Wiley, Erwin Wurm etc.
Image: Kehinde Wiley, Idrissa Ndiaye, 2012, oil on canvas, 244 x 213,5 cm
MAGASINS GENERAUX, PANTIN, FRANCE
From 09/06/2018 to 05/08/2018
La photographie française existe… Je l’ai rencontrée - group show
Back in the eighties, Jean-Luc Monterosso traveled to New York where he met MoMA’s photography collection curator. When he asked about his opinion on Contemporary French Photography, the curator simply replied : « It doesn’t exist ». Thirty years later, on the occasion of his departure from the MEP, Jean-Luc Monterosso answers back with an extensive exhibition dedicated to French Photography from the eighties to nowadays under the forms of a really personal and subjective narrative.
Exibition curator: Jean Luc Monterosso, Maison Européenne de la Photographie Director
With artworks by Jean-Christophe Ballot, François-Marie Banier, Bruno Barbey, Martine Barrat, Valérie Belin, Rossella Bellusci, Philippe Bordas, Martial Cherrier, Thierry Cohen, Stéphane Couturier, Martin d’Orgeval, Raphaël Dallaporta, Denis Darzacq, Marie-Laure de Decker, Raymond Depardon, Bernard Faucon, Alain Fleischer, Jean Gaumy, Pierre Gonnord, Hervé Guibert, Françoise Huguier, Dominique Issermann, Michel Journiac, JR, Pascal Kern, François Méchain, Minot-Gormezano, Sarah Moon, Bruno Mouron et Pascal Rostain, ORLAN, Mathieu Pernot, Philippe Perrin, Pierre et Gilles, Bernard Plossu, Philippe Ramette, Bettina Rheims, Sophie Ristelhueber, Denis Roche, Gérard Rondeau, Georges Rousse, Sebastião Salgado, Klavdij Sluban, Christine Spengler, Keiichi Tahara, Patrick Tosani, Gérard Uféras, Laurent Van der Stockt.
MAISON EUROPEENNE DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE, PARIS, FRANCE
From 07/03/2018 to 20/05/2018
BOOK SIGNING BY PIERRE ET GILLES
Book signing of the catalogue of the exhibition "Imaginary Time" by Pierre et Gilles.
LIBRAIRIE FLAMMARION, CENTRE POMPIDOU, PARIS, FRANCE
On 08/02/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
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
Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Rodin’s death, the Musée des Beaux-Arts of Calais pays tribute to the great master of French sculpture with an exhibition focusing on the most famous theme of his work: The Kiss! Through the eyes of international artists – including Rodin, Brancusi, Picasso, Le Corbusier, Jacques Monory, Ange Leccia, Douglas Gordon, Orlan, Pierre et Gilles… and a diversity of media and artistic disciplines (painting, sculpture, installation, cartoon, street art, cinema, photography, video), the exhibition aims to show the evolution of this theme in art, since the creation of The Kiss by Rodin in 1887.
The artworks question the image the image and expression of a new reality. The featured artists all approach The Kiss primarily as a language. Between myth and reality, between codes and protocols of yesterday, today and tomorrow, they (re)think the relation to the Other.
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