Brad Pitt and Nick Cave make surprise art debut in Finland

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Hollywood actor Brad Pitt and Australian musician Nick Cave made their debut as artists in an exhibition in Finland showing sculptures and ceramics created by the movie star and singer-songwriter.

The Sara Hilden Art Museum, located in the southern Finnish city of Tampere, was initially slated to display only the wide variety of works by British artist Thomas Houseago, known for his sculptures, but reportedly convinced the museum to include works by his friends Pitt and Cueva.

“Cave and Pitt are already renowned in their respective fields of music and film, but this is the first time they have exhibited their artworks, pieces that were created during the course of an ongoing dialogue with Houseago,” the Finnish museum said. .

Pitt and Cave traveled to Tampere, a university city known for its vibrant culture and music scene, for a pre-opening event on Saturday. Finnish media reported that both men admitted to being excited and nervous about presenting their art in public for the first time.

Among the nine works On display by Pitt, 58, is a house-shaped structure cast in clear silicone and fired with bullets and a plaster panel depicting a shooting scene. Pitt reportedly began making ceramic art following his divorce from Angelina Jolie in 2017.

Pitt told Finnish public broadcaster YLE that his work was about “self-reflection.”

“It’s about, you know, where have I gone wrong in my relationships? Where have I gone wrong? Where am I an accomplice? he said.

“It came from owning what I call a radical inventory of oneself, being really brutally honest with myself and… taking into account those I may have hurt and the times I was wrong”, the American Oscar. -winning actor and film producer told YLE.

Known for his dark baritone voice as the leader of his band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Cave produced a series of ceramic figurines depicting the life of the devil. He designed, painted and enamelled all 17 figures between 2020 and this year.

“I wanted to make a devil because it was red. And I like the color of the red polish,” Cave told YLE. “Eventually, I decided to do the life story of the devil himself.”

“For me personally, it speaks to something about the idea of ​​forgiveness or the need to be forgiven. It is a very personal job for me.”

The exhibition opened on Sunday and will be open until January 15, 2023.

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