Gilbert & George at the Helsinki Art Museum

Gilbert & George at the Helsinki Art Museum

HAM Helsinki Art Museum is hosting an exhibition of internationally renowned contemporary artists Gilbert & George titled “THE MAJOR EXHIBITION” — which would also be their first significant exhibition held in the Nordic countries during the last two decades and showcases pictures exhibited for the first time in Finland. The exhibition runs through February 24, 2019.

“THE MAJOR EXHIBITION” consists of over 50 pictures created between 1991 and 2016, consisting pictures from 10 major groups of pictures including “NEW DEMOCRATIC PICTURES,” “NAKED SHIT PICTURES,” “JACK FREAK PICTURES,” “SCAPEGOATING PICTURES” and “UTOPIAN PICTURES.” The most represented pictures in this exhibition series are from their most recent “THE BEARD PICTURES,” which includes the extraordinary triptych “OLD BEARD RUIN” (2016) of over 20 meters in length.

“The exhibition has both been curated and the installation designed by Gilbert & George. The presentation of pictures is neither chronological, nor thematical, rather a powerful and unique composition of art installed in the two monumental upper floor galleries at the functionalist 1930s Tennis Palace building,” writes the museum. “In addition to the works in the exhibition, free screening of the emblematic films ‘The Singing Sculpture’ (1991) by Philip Haas and the feature length ‘The World of Gilbert & George’ (1981) by Gilbert & George will be on view at the HAM auditorium throughout the duration of the exhibition starting from 16th October 2018.” 

The exhibition merges brutal realism with the romantic and the archaic meets the contemporary; multicultural traditions, taboos, morality, systems of belief, religion, politics, sexuality, love, violence, poverty, and the global, virtual world. They also reconfigure images of newspaper headlines, the Union Jack flag, excrement, religious iconography, sexual advertisements, street and shop signage, sub-culture stickers, violent swear words, and even street litter and leaves. 

HAM, officially the Helsinki Art Museum, looks after an art collection that belongs to the people of Helsinki, which includes over 9,000 individual works of art. HAM maintains and accrues this art collection, which also includes the city’s public artworks. In its domestic and international exhibitions held at Tennis Palace, HAM showcases modern and contemporary art.

Founder: Louise Blouin  


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