Since 1976, Pierre et Gilles have been manufacturing images with their very own particular look, a hyper-saturated and kitsch world that mixes photography, painting and (possibly) mind-bending drugs.
This new exhibition at the Paris Philharmonic presents not only more than a hundred of their works, some being shown for the first time, but also two hundred objects from their workshop, music videos and record sleeves that show their deep and enduring love of music.
This is the first Pierre et Gilles exhibition on the theme of music, with 110 works and two brand new installations from the artists.
The photos – enlarged, dotted with paint and finished with a unique frame made by the artists – are being shown in three themes sections:
— The golden room, an exhaustive presentation of their work from the 1970s and 80s
— The blue room, showing their use of Christian iconography and undying adulation for (endearingly naff) 60s French pop star Sylvie Vartan
— The red room, where the artists play with the stereotypes associated with various styles of music, the idea of good and evil…
Before your visit, we suggest you listen to the official playlist for the exhibition – over 90 tracks to help you understand the Pierre et Gilles mindset!
And if you like what you see, the exhibition catalogue is available to buy now (368 pages, 200 photos, 37€ here at amazon.fr).