Because Hollywood star Brad Pitt, who many have already described as a work of art, has gone under the sculptors. Together with musician Nick Cave and artist Thomas Houseago, Pitt is now presenting his works to the world public in Tampere, Finland. / Sculptor Brad Pitt: First exhibition in Finland
Brad Pitt creates a coffin-shaped physique
Nine works by Pitt are on display in the “We” exhibition. These include a structure cast in silicone in the shape of a house that bullets are shot at, or his first sculpture: “House A Go Go” (2017). The miniature house made of tree bark is only held together makeshift with adhesive tape.
The sculpture “Aiming at you I saw me but it was too late this time” from 2020 is completely different. It depicts a shootout between eight different human figures. Another sculpture is a coffin-shaped bronze from which limbs, especially hands and shoes, are carved.
Sculptor Brad Pitt: “For me it’s about self-reflection”
The actor says he found his way into art following his heartbreaking divorce from Angelina Jolie. He found a companion in his colleague Leonardo di Caprio. During the filming of Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, they “met thanks to our love of pottery.”
According to “TheArtNewspaper”, he says about his art: “For me it’s about self-reflection. It arose from the realization of what I call a ‘radical inventory of the self’. I’m going to be really brutally honest with myself and be considerate of those I may have hurt and the moments when I was just plain wrong.”
However, fans do not have to worry about his new job. Pitt will continue to be true to acting.
New terrain for Hollywood star Brad Pitt: In a museum in Finland he is exhibiting sculptures for the first time alongside Nick Cave and Thomas Houseago. He wanted to be “brutally honest” with himself.
He knows his way around premieres. However, it is usually at film premieres that Brad Pitt is expected to be there. Now the actor has slipped into a new role: he has unveiled sculptures he created in a museum in Finland.
It is the first time that the US actor is showing his works to the public, said the Sara Hildén Art Museum in Tampere in southwest Finland. Pitt’s sculptures are part of a larger exhibition by British artist Thomas Houseago. It also features a series of ceramics by Australian musician Nick Cave. The exhibition has the following title: »Thomas Houseago – WE with Nick Cave and Brad Pitt«. It can be seen until January 15th.
At Saturday’s opening ceremony, Pitt said it was a new world for Cave and himself. “It just feels right,” he told Finnish broadcaster Yle.
The 58-year-old’s visit came as a surprise; his participation was not previously announced. “In that sense, it’s exciting and wonderful,” chief curator Saranne Soikkonen told AFP. Houseago’s decision to include his friends Pitt and Cave in his exhibition was influenced by the corona pandemic and “events in Houseago’s private life”. Soikkonen did not give any details.
“It’s about where I’ve gone wrong in my relationships”
Pitt is represented with nine artworks in the exhibition (»The Art Newspaper« has described them in more detail here). Underneath is a plasterboard, which is supposed to represent a gunfight. Also a series of house-shaped silicone sculptures, each shot with a different type of ammunition. “For me, it’s about self-reflection,” Pitt said. “It’s about where I’ve gone wrong in my relationships, where I’ve made a mistake.” The sculptures are the result of a “radical inventory of the self,” said Pitt. It was about “being really brutally honest with me”.
It is also the first time for Nick Cave that he is presenting his ceramic works to the public. As part of the exhibition you can see 17 hand-painted figures that are supposed to represent the life of the devil in 17 stages.