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Pierre and Gilles. The manufacture of idols

75 min visit

Philharmonie de Paris - Cité de la Musique
20 Nov → 23 Feb 2020
Tue to Fri from 12 pm to 6 pm. Sat & Sun from 10 am to 6 pm. Closed on Mon.

« An original exhibition of photographs of music stars by the mythical French couple!  »

What do Etienne Daho, Claude François, Madonna, Marylin Manson, Lio and Eddy de Pretto have in common? There are three answers: all distinguished musicians, registered on the charts and, above all, immortalized by Pierre and Gilles. Since the 1980s, Pierre and Gilles have photographed and sublimated several generations of stars. At a time when the idols of song were dethroning the holy icons and the turmoil of rock concerts was replacing the mysticism of religious songs, Pierre and Gilles reintroduced the sacred in their iconography. The symbolic power of each musician can be seen in their portraits, which seem to acquire a life of their own. The exhibition tells the story of the two artists' love of music and leads the visitor on a pop pilgrimage where saints-musicians meet relics, liturgical objects and by-products from Pierre et Gilles' workshop. This exhibition, conceived as a musical and visual installation, reveals the secrets of their idol-making.


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