Schirn Kunsthalle Frank­furt to dedicate an extensive survey to Gilbert & George

Words by Alessandra Bellomo
February 11, 2021

The Schirn Kunsthalle Frank­furt will dedicate a comprehensive survey to Gilbert & George, the internationally renowned London-based artist duo, expected to open on February 12The extensive retrospective will collect works from 1971 until 2019, showing the outstanding body of work created for over half a century. 

As artists and performers, Gilbert & George have always been the object and the subject of their art, expressing a 360-degree point of view on the times they were living: each aspect of society passed through their critical lens. Topics such as death, hope, life, fear, sex, money, and reli­gion recur in their provocative works: societal issues are depicted in all their contradictions, challenging conventional pictures of the world.
In their practice, art and life merge until there is no distinction left, but their goal is not to shock but rather raise awareness of what happens in society. 

 “Early on, “Gilbert and George became Living Sculpture in both their art and their daily lives, becoming not only creators but also the art itself.” Said the exhibition’s curators, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Daniel Birnbaum. “They are now among the most visible artists on the planet. This is not surprising, since the recurring themes in their art could not be more fundamental to us humans: politics, religion, sexuality, and beauty. Ultimately, what their art is about is human life itself.”

Organised by the Luma Foun­da­tion and Moderna Museet, Stock­holm, in coop­er­a­tion with the Schirn Kunsthalle Frank­furt, the exhibition will go on until May 16, 2021.

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