GILBERT & GEORGE. THE GREAT EXHIBITION

extended until SEPTEMBER 5 2021

Gilbert & George have been creating art together now for over half a century. Their outstanding body of work is still as explosive as it is significant. As both subject and object of their own work, Gilbert & George form a complete artistic unity that draws no distinction between art and life. As "Living Sculpture", they embody their art and are both topic and focal point of their large-format collages and screened pictorial worlds.

Gilbert & George, CHRISTS, 1992, 253 x 426 cm, Private Collection, Courtesy of Gilbert & George

The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is dedicating Gilbert & George an extensive retrospective, presenting works from 1972 until 2019.

Their work revolves around death, hope, life, fear, sex, money, and religion. These are also societal issues, which they depict in all their contradictions: at once joyful and tragic, grotesque and serious, surreal and symbolic. The duo deal with everything that makes us uneasy. Their goal, however, is not to shock, but rather to make visible what is happening in the world, according to their motto “Art for All.” From punks to hipsters, from authorities to outsiders, and from headlines to advertising—Gilbert & George have something to say about it all. By challenging our picture of the world, their works demonstrate, time and again, how forward-thinking they are.

Gilbert & George, DATE RAPE, 2019, Mixed media, 226 × 253 cm, Courtesy of Gilbert & George and Sprüth Magers

Press Information on the Exhibition "Gilbert & George"

17.11.2020 | The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is dedicating an extensive retrospective to the visually powerful and sometimes provocative universe of Gilbert & George, showing works from 1972 until 2019.

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Booklet on the exhibition "Gilbert & George"

12.02.2021 | For more than half a century, Gilbert & George have been creating art together. The topicality and significance of their outstanding oeuvre remains undiminished to this day.

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Film of the exhibition

In addi­tion to the exhi­bi­tion exten­sive video content was produced. We are pleased to make this mate­rial avail­able to you free of charge for your current edito­rial reporting. We can also offer you compre­hen­sive footage mate­rial in HD quality for your own produc­tions. Please contact us with your request.

GILBERT & GEORGE. THE GREAT EXHIBITION, Exhibition View, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2021, photo: Norbert Miguletz

GILBERT & GEORGE. THE GREAT EXHIBITION, Exhibition View, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2021, photo: Norbert Miguletz

GILBERT & GEORGE. THE GREAT EXHIBITION, Exhibition View, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2021, photo: Norbert Miguletz

GILBERT & GEORGE. THE GREAT EXHIBITION, Exhibition View, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2021, photo: Norbert Miguletz

GILBERT & GEORGE. THE GREAT EXHIBITION, Exhibition View, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2021, photo: Norbert Miguletz

GILBERT & GEORGE. THE GREAT EXHIBITION, Exhibition View, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2021, photo: Norbert Miguletz

Gilbert & George, DATE RAPE, 2019, Mixed media, 226 × 253 cm, Courtesy of Gilbert & George and Sprüth Magers

Gilbert & George, BEARDARY, 2016, 380 x 677 cm, Courtesy of Gilbert & George and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London. Paris. Salzburg

Gilbert & George, KNIFED, 2011, 226 x 254 cm © Gilbert & George. Courtesy White Cube

Gilbert & George, BLOOD CITY, 1998, 151 x 127 cm, Courtesy of Gilbert & George

Gilbert & George, NAKED FLATS, 1994, 253 x 639 cm, Courtesy of Gilbert & George

Gilbert & George, CHRISTS, 1992, 253 x 426 cm, Private Collection, Courtesy of Gilbert & George

Gilbert & George, CITY DROP, 1991, Courtesy of Gilbert & George

Gilbert & George, LEAFAGE, 1988, Courtesy of Gilbert & George

Gilbert & George, SPERM EATERS, 1982, 241 x 201 cm, Courtesy of Gilbert & George

Gilbert & George, QUEER, 1977, 301 x 251 cm, Courtesy of Gilbert & George

Gilbert & George, 2015, Foto: Tom Oldham

Catalog of the exhibition

MORE THAN 50 YEARS OF “LIVING SCULPTURE”

For more than half a century, Gilbert & George have been creating art together. The topicality and significance of their outstanding oeuvre remains undiminished to this day. To honor the visually striking and at times rather provocative universe of these celebrated artists, the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is dedicating the comprehensive retrospective GILBERT & GEORGE: THE GREAT EXHIBITION. Two people, one artist: since their first encounter in 1967 as fellow students at London’s Saint Martin’s School of Art, Gilbert & George have relentlessly challenged the artistic canon and conventions. Their art does not adhere to any aesthetic, formalistic, or conceptual intention—what counts is the content.

With an interview by Daniel Birnbaum and Hans Ulrich Obrist with the artists, an updated bibliography and index of works.