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Gilbert & George: THE GREAT EXHIBITION, 1971-2016

Art | January 30, 2020 |

Gilbert & George: THE GREAT EXHIBITION, 1971-2016
Image courtesy of the Kunsthalle Zürich

Gilbert & George: THE GREAT EXHIBITION, 1971-2016
Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland
February 22 – May 10, 2020

The artists Gilbert & George have created art together for half a century. Through this an outstanding body of work has emerged that is still explosive and avant-garde today. This is now generously demonstrated in THE GREAT EXHIBITION, 1971-2016, which allows unique insight into their visually powerful, boundless – and sometimes provocativeartistic universe. The exhibition has been created in close collaboration with Gilbert & George and they will be present at the opening in Zürich on the 21 February. For the artists this is in fact a return to Switzerland after 25 years, for their art was exhibited at the Kunsthalle Zürich in 1992, curated by Bernhard Mendes Bürgi. THE GREAT EXHIBITION, 1971-2016 is thus a comeback to be celebrated with pride and delight!

Gilbert & George: THE GREAT EXHIBITION, 1971-2016
Image courtesy of the Kunsthalle Zürich

Since they first met at London’s Saint Martin’s School of Art in 1967 Gilbert (b. 1943) and George (b. 1942) have challenged the artistic canon. As both subject and object of their own works, these form a cohesive gesamtkunstwerk. Without demur, the artists commit themselves to art and unceasingly push its boundaries in a both disciplined and endlessly imaginative manner. Over the decades an impressive oeuvre has emerged, a powerful panorama of thousands of pictures. This challenges our world without compromise or blinkered vision, continually proving itself forward-thinking. “We want our art to bring out the bigot from inside the liberal and conversely to bring out the liberal from inside the bigot.” (Gilbert & George, 1996)

Gilbert & George: THE GREAT EXHIBITION, 1971-2016
Image courtesy of the Kunsthalle Zürich

Gilbert & George’s art is about death, hope, life, fear, sex, money, race and religion. These are complex, contradictory subjects that they portray as such: at once joyful and tragic, enthralling and horrifying, grotesque and serious, surreal and symbolic. Over 50 years a haunting iconography has coalesced that deals with it all fearlessly and directly – which shocks or makes visitors uneasy. Their goal, however, is not to shock, on the contrary in fact: they want instead to ‘de-shock‘ and bring out what is already in us and present. This is about making all that takes place in this wonderful, dangerous world visible. From punks to hipsters, the police to outsiders, and headlines to advertising. Gilbert & George survey all this in their art thanks to their ‘magical’ insight, without shame or fear. Like tireless, fierce and bullish watchmen they write a unique chronicle of the past, present and future. THE GREAT EXHIBITION, 1971-2016 can be understood – like the artists themselves – as democratic, profligate and extravagant. Embracing all human emotions, Gilbert & George demand ‘art for all’ – this exhibition celebrates this very motto.

Gilbert & George: THE GREAT EXHIBITION, 1971-2016
Image courtesy of the Kunsthalle Zürich

A richly illustrated catalogue has been published in conjunction with the exhibition with new interviews between both Hans Ulrich Obrist and Daniel Birnbaum and Gilbert & George. Each interview represents a decade of their art. The bilingual publication (French and English) is published by HENI Verlag. Gilbert & George Biography: Gilbert (b. 1943 in the Dolomites, Italy) and George (b. 1942, Devon, UK) live and work in London. Together they have participated in numerous important group and solo exhibitions such as the 51. Venice Biennale (2005), Turner Prize, London (1984) and Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (1985). Their many solo exhibitions have included institutions such as the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (1971-72), Kunsthalle Zürich (1992), Secession, Vienna (1992), National Gallery, Beijing, and Shanghai Art Museum (1993), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1995-96), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1998), Serpentine Gallery, London, and Kunsthaus Bregenz (2002), Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover (2004-05), Tate Modern, London, and Haus der Kunst, Munich (2007), Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, and Philadelphia Museum of Art (2008), CAC Malaga, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, and Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels (2010), Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, and Kunstmuseum Linz (2011), Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art Gdansk (2011-12) and The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2915),

more. www.kunsthallezurich.ch

Gilbert & George: THE GREAT EXHIBITION, 1971-2016
Image courtesy of the Kunsthalle Zürich
Gilbert & George: THE GREAT EXHIBITION, 1971-2016
Image courtesy of the Kunsthalle Zürich
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