Gilbert and George at Villa Paloma in Monaco for unique exhibition

Entrance to exhibitionThe New National Museum of Monaco (NMNM) had a private inauguration this Friday of a major exhibition of the works of the two icons of contemporary art Gilbert & George in the presence of the artists, that will be open to the public from June 14 through November 2, 2014. Over more than 40 years of creation designed by the artists and specially staged by them on the three floors of Villa Paloma with 46 historical and more recent pictures. This unique exhibition of artworks by the famous synergistic duo Gilbert & George, perfectly coordinated by Cristiano Raimondi under the direction of Marie-Claude Beaud, belong to a private collector residing in the Principality, who generously wanted to share their bountiful collection with everybody, emphasizing the artists’ own conviction that “Art is for All”. In the catalogue of this unique exhibition the artists included a “Letter to Massimo”, the discreet collector, honoring him for their support and most importantly for their loyal friendship.

Gilbert Prousch was born in the Dolomites, Italy, 1943 and George Passmore was born Devon, England, 1942 and have been living and making art together since 1967 when they met at the Saint Martin School of London. As they say, “We are two people one artist. We are not along in the lonely studio.” They do not obey to any trend but their own will and passions, reflected in their creations that result in a serious of artworks that are timeless. Their trademark format is the large grid, a square or rectangular picture broken into sections that becomes a unified field of signs and images. Their art is direct, intense and immediate. The use of rich color or monochrome is both simple and ethereal. They describe their work as “An image frozen in time. Pictures stay the same but the world changes around it.”

Meeting the dynamic duo of Gilbert & George

Earlier in the week members of the associationFriends of the NMNM had the privileged to be invited to a very private tete-a-tete at the Hotel de Paris, where we were able to have an entertaining dialogue with these art masters. Last year the association Monaco Project for the Arts, that I belong to, had an interesting session on Gilbert & George while covering contemporary art. Little did I know at that time that I would have the chance to meet them in person! They are as approachable as their art, not in a pedestal, happy to share their thoughts and vision of the world and their humor with all of us. When prompted about the present exhibition they said: “The Monaco show is quite nostalgic, we were young and beautiful then.” Their work has been defined as ‘collaborative’, but they are quick to correct us by saying, “Between us is not a collaboration, it is alchemy, a mystery that has been going on for almost fifty years.” From the beginning, in their films and ‘living sculpture’ they appeared as figures in their own work, becoming both the vehicle and incarnation of their art. Through their creative expression they have confronted many of the fundamental issues of existence: sex, religion, corruption, violence, hope, fear, racial tension, patriotism, addition and death. “Our subject matter is the world. It is pain. Pain. Just to hear the world turning is pain, isn’t it? Totally, everyday, every second. Our inspiration is all those people alive today on the planet, the desert, the jungle and cities. We are interested in the human person, the complexity of life.”

You are invited to discover The Gilbert & George Art Exhibition that will be open to the public from June 14 through November 2, 2014 at the New National Museum of Monaco, Villa La Paloma, 56 bd. du Jardin Exotique, Monaco. For information go to, Email or Tel.: +377

Gilbert & George have participated in many important group and solo exhibitions

  • 51st International Venice Biennale (2005)
  • Turner Prize (1984
  • Carnegie International (1985)
  • Whitcapel Art Gallery (1971-1972)
  • National Gallery, Beijing (1993)
  • Shanghai Art Museum (1993)
  • Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1995-1996)
  • Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1998)
  • Serpentine Gallery, London (202)
  • Kunsthaus Bregenz (202)
  • Kestnergessellschaft, Hannover (2004-2005)
  • Tate Modern, London & Haus der Kunst, Munich (2007)
  • Brookllyn Museum of Art, New York & Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia (2008)
  • Jack Freak Pictures, CAC Malaga; Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb and Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels (2010)
  • Deichtorhallen Hamburg and Junstmuseum Linz, Linz (2011)
  • Laznia Center for Contemporary Art, Gdansk (2011-2012)



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