Pierre et Gilles
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||22 february 2007 8 april 2007
Pierre and Gilles’ works are known all over the world and now they are known in Russia as well thanks to journals and two personal exhibitions. Their works are unique. They are portraits of celebrities or unknown people which are added to a painstakingly-composed mise en scene according to a previously thought-out and drawn picture. The concluding stage of the process is when the sole printed photograph is retouched: successive coats of paint and lacquer are applied to the one printed copy of the photograph in order to achieve perfection in the image and make it more realistic. The result is a unique work of art, which in terms of aesthetic excellence is without parallel to anything that can be achieved by any other synthetic technique. Once the work is ready they devise a special frame that becomes an integral part of the finished work; they see it as an extension of their visionary world into the space of the picture they have created. By transforming dreams into reality the works of Pierre and Gilles open the door to the collective unconscious, where popular iconography is intermixed with art history and merges with it into a whole.
The exhibition of Pierre and Gilles, presented at the 2nd Moscow Biennale by Olga Sviblova, is a retrospective consisting of 80 works (self-portraits and separate works), dedicated mainly to the last decade of the artists’ work.
- Multimedia Complex of Actual Arts
- Pierre et Gilles
- Galerie Jerome de Noirmont
- Fonds National d’Art Contemporain (FNAC)
- Maison Europeenne de la Photographie (MEP)
- Fondation Cartier, Paris
- Collections privees, France
A full-length article about the project will be in the catalogue of the 2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art which is
coming out on the 1st March.