Brad Pitt makes his debut as a Finnish sculptor at the exhibition


This article was originally published by The Art Newspaper, an editorial partner of CNN Style.

Brad Pitt has made his debut as a sculptor in a group exhibition at the Sara Hildén Art Museum in Tampere (Finland). The A-List actor’s artwork is featured alongside that of musician Nick Cave and artist Thomas Houseago for the ‘We’ exhibition, on view until January 15, 2023.

Pitt’s nine works include a house-like structure cast in clear silicon and shot with bullets, and his first sculpture, 2017’s “House A Go Go,” an 18-inch miniature house made of tree bark. , crudely tied with tape.

Among the larger pieces are a coffin-sized bronze box depicting hands, feet and faces trying to cross the structure at various angles, and a plaster wall-hanging sculpture of “Aiming At You Saw Me But It Was Too Late This Time.” 2020, which depicts a shooting battle between eight characters.

Brad Pitt’s Aiming At You Saw Me But It Was Too Late This Time (2020) Credit: Author: Branne Treu

The “Bullet Train” star reportedly started making ceramic art after his messy 2017 divorce from actress Angelina Jolie.

In an emailed statement to The Art Newspaper, Pitt said of his artistic turn: “For me it’s about self-reflection… It was born out of having what I call a ‘radical self-inventory.’ considering the moments I’ve had and the moments I’ve done wrong.”

He portrayed it at a Pitt premiere "Bullet Train" August 1, 2022 in Los Angeles.

Pitt pictured at the premiere of “Bullet Train” on August 1, 2022 in Los Angeles. Credit: Matt Winkelmeyer/WireImage/Getty Images

Meanwhile, Australian singer-songwriter Nick Cave (not to be confused with the American visual and performance artist of the same name) is also making his artistic debut: “showing ceramic glass figurines at 17 stations depicting Satan’s life, from innocence through experience to confronting our own mortality,” press release according to a

“The Devil: A Life” is Cave’s first major visual work. It includes 17 individual pieces ranging in height from 6 to 19.5 inches, each hand-carved, painted and glazed by Cave in England between 2020 and 2022. Aesthetically the series nods to the artist’s interest in the Victorian Staffordshire Flatback image, of which he is one. the collector

A bronze casket the size of Pitt's coffin.

A bronze casket the size of Pitt’s coffin. Credit: Author: Branne Treu

The two novice sculptors created these works in dialogue with the considerably more experienced Houseago. The British artist has been practicing for almost three decades and exhibited his work at the Whitney Biennial in 2010.

In Tampere, Houseago, who is better known as a sculptor, shows several paintings, a medium he started experimenting with in recent years. The works come from the “Visions” series made in the open air and were inspired by European symbolists, including the Norwegian Edvard Munch. It also shows new redwood and plaster sculptures made in response to works from the Sara Hildén Foundation’s collection, such as Alberto Giacometti’s “Woman on a Carro” sculpture from 1943 to 1962.

Speaking of the decision to stage a collaborative show between himself, Cave and Pitt, Houseago said in a press release, “It’s not a me, it’s a WE!”

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Image above: Nick Cave, Thomas Houseago and Brad Pitt “We”.