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Aug
09

Exhibition: ‘Pierre et Gilles. Retrospective’ at the C/O Berlin Gallery, Berlin

Exhibition dates: 25th July – 4th October, 2009

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Pierre et Gilles. 'Mercury' 2001

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Pierre et Gilles
‘Mercury’
2001

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Pierre et Gilles. 'La Madone au coeur blessé' 1991

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Pierre et Gilles
‘La Madone au coeur blessé’
1991

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Pierre et Gilles. 'Le Petit Communiste Christophe' 1990

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Pierre et Gilles
‘Le Petit Communiste Christophe’
1990

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Pierre et Gilles. 'Le Grand Amour' (Marilyn Manson and Dita von Teese) 2004

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Pierre et Gilles
‘Le Grand Amour’ (Marilyn Manson and Dita von Teese)
2004

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Pierre et Gilles. 'Extase' (Arielle Dombasle) 2002

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Pierre et Gilles
‘Extase’ (Arielle Dombasle)
2002

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Pierre et Gilles. 'Legend' (Madonna) 1990

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Pierre et Gilles
‘Legend’ (Madonna)
1990

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“It’s hard to think of contemporary culture without the influence of Pierre et Gilles, from advertising to fashion photography, music video, and film. This is truly global art.”

Jeff Koons.

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The cosmos of the worldwide renowned French artist duo is a vivid, colorful world poised between baroque sumptuousness and earthly limbo. Pierre et Gilles create unique hand-painted photographic portraits of film icons, sailors and princes, saints and sinners, of mythological figures and unknowns alike. Pierre et Gilles pursue their own, stunningly unique vision of an enchanted world spanning fairytale paradises and abyssal depths, quoting from popular visual languages and history of art. Again and again, they re-envision their personal dream of reality anew in consummate aesthetic perfection.

Pierre et Gilles are among the most influential artists of our time. In their complex, multilayered images, they quote from art history, transgress traditional moral codes, and experiment adeptly with social clichés. Their painterly photographic masterpieces exert an intense visual power that leaves the viewer spellbound.

Over the last thirty years, Pierre et Gilles have created photographic portraits of numerous celebrities including Marc Almond, Mirelle Mathieu, Catherine Deneuve, Serge Gainsbourg, Iggy Pop, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Nina Hagen, Madonna, and Paloma Picasso. They work almost exclusively in an opulently furnished studio, where their subjects are costumed lavishly and placed before three-dimensional backgrounds. Pierre photographs the model, and Gilles retouches and hand-colors the print. The reproducible portrait is rendered unique through painting, which highlights each detail with carefully selected materials and accessories.

As only venue in Germany, C/O Berlin presents the exhibition as the first of Pierre et Gilles in fifteen years. The show comprised a total of 80 unique large-format works – from their early photographies of the 1970s to the brand new pictures that were never shown in public before.”

Text from the C/O Berlin website

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Pierre et Gilles. 'Saint Rose De Lima' 1989

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Pierre et Gilles
‘Saint Rose De Lima’
1989

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Pierre et Gilles. 'Neptune' 1988

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Pierre et Gilles
‘Neptune’
1988

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Pierre et Gilles. 'St. Sebastian' 1987

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Pierre et Gilles
‘St. Sebastian’
1987

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Pierre et Gilles. 'St. Sebastian of the Sea' 1994

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Pierre et Gilles
‘St. Sebastian of the Sea’
1994

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Pierre et Gilles. 'The Matrydom of St Sebastian' 1996

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Pierre et Gilles
‘The Matrydom of St Sebastian’
1996

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Interesting text at Art Knowledge News website

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C/O Berlin
Postfuhramt
Oranienburger Straße 35/36
10117 Berlin

Opening hours: daily 11 am to 8 pm

C/O Berlin website

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1 Response to “Exhibition: ‘Pierre et Gilles. Retrospective’ at the C/O Berlin Gallery, Berlin”


  1. 1 Rayna
    October 1, 2009 at 11:07 am

    THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE EXHIBITION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I WAS REALLY IMPRESSED!!!!!!!!!!!!THANX to Pierre et Gilles for his Retrospective


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