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Musée d’art moderne André Malraux–MuMa Le Havre

Tour 2

From 27 May to 20 August 2017, the MuMa museum in Le Havre - Gilles’ native city - gives Pierre et Gilles 'carte blanche' for the second opus of a major retrospective in collaboration with the Ixelles museum in Brussels (which hosts the exhibition from 16 February to 14 May 2017).

The Le Havre exhibition includes more than 80 works from the late 1970s to the present day, brought together from some major institutions and prestigious private collections. The images, many of which have gained iconic status, are divided into themes, the whole forming a wonderfully rich visual corpus.

Forty years ago, Pierre Commoy and Gilles Blanchard met and formed their duo, Pierre et Gilles, pretty much immediately. Forty years of romantic and artistic complicty, resulting in the creation of a set of portraits that combine photography and painting, nourished by art and popular culture and that have now gained iconic status. Madonna, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Stromae and Isabelle Huppert, along with friends dressed as soldiers and sailors, have all posed for the couple, immortalized by the lens then idealized by the paintbrush in a glorious, inimitable style drawing on references to mythology, religion, fairy tales, but always firmly set in today’s real world.

The MuMa provides a wonderful setting, where Pierre et Gilles have also created a special installation in the museum’s main nave, using the city’s characteristic beach cabines. On the ground floor, they give their own interpretation of the rich collections hung in the museum. And for a better understanding of the duo’s history with Le Havre, there is a ‘cabinet of curiosities’ presenting a set of unusual personal objects, drawings and works from their youth, along with canvases by local painters, all showcased in a way that only Pierre et Gilles could come up with.

An unmissable event for 2017 and an opportunity to see or reexperience the city of Le Havre and its emblematic port from the singular perspective of Pierre et Gilles.

Scientific curator: Sophie Duplaix, Head curator at France’s national modern art museum, Centre Pompidou, Paris

Exhibition organized in partnership with the Ixelles museum in Brussels

Dans le port du Havre (Frédéric Lenfant), 1998, photographie peinte, pièce unique, sans cadre : 101 x 124 cm, Collection particulière© Pierre et Gilles

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Pierre et Gilles. Clair-Obscur

Pierre et Gilles

Musée d’art moderne André Malraux–MuMa Le Havre
27 May  / 20 August 

Musée d’art moderne André Malraux–MuMa Le Havre
76600 Le Havre

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