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Pierre et Gilles. Immobile wanderings

min visit

Paris
Galerie Templon
10 Sep → 31 Oct 2020
From Tue to Sat, from 10 a.m to 7 p.m. Closed Sun & Mon

«  The world inspires us enormously »

Their iconic portraits with their falsely fairy-tale allure are known throughout the world. They softly condemn society and make committed advertisements. They are of course the famous duo Pierre and Gilles! Respectively photographer and painter, they have created a universe of their own that is both fantastic and disturbing. For more than forty years, contradictions and societal phenomena have been their favorite playground. The Templon gallery unveils previously unseen works by Pierre and Gilles executed over the past two years. This introspective exhibition begins with a self-portrait of the artists created during the confinement. On a country lane between HLM and pavilions, with a complicit gaze, they look at us and welcome us into a contemplative space of society. Then follows a series of denouncing portraits where classical iconography is never far away. As usual! Let's take the portrait of Adèle Farine or The Queen of the Oceans: her wavy blond hair, her pale skin and her crown make her look like a Madonna. Metamorphosed into a religious icon, the young woman makes the link between the portraits exhibited and the works that close the exhibition. The latter are made from garbage recovered from the beaches of Le Havre, where Gilles is from. We find the almost magical world of their portrait in what appears to be an aquatic kingdom. As always, Pierre and Gilles alert without directly denouncing. This artisanal and complementary work can also be seen in the somewhat special framing of their paintings, which are also handmade. This is an exhibition not to be missed; both to (re)discover the wonderful work of Pierre and Gilles but also to observe the gallery whose space has just been freshly renovated by Jean-Michel Wilmotte.

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