Brad Pitt is making his sculpture debut in a group exhibition at the Sara Hildén Art Museum in Tampere, Finland. For the exhibition “We,” which is on display until January 15, 2023, the A-List actor’s paintings are displayed alongside those by the musician Nick Cave and the artist Thomas Houseago.
Among the nine pieces by Pitt on display are “House A Go Go,” his first sculpture, from 2017, an 18-inch small house made of tree bark that is shod with bullets.
The two largest pieces are the plaster wall-hanging sculpture “Aiming At You I Saw Me But It Was Too Late This Time” from 2020, which shows an eight-figure gunfight, and a coffin-sized bronze box with hands, feet, and faces trying to break through the structure at various angles.
After his contentious 2017 divorce from actress Angelina Jolie, the “Bullet Train” star reportedly started creating ceramic artwork.
Brad Pitt is an American actor and producer. He has won numerous awards, including the much-coveted Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, two Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and a Primetime Emmy Award. Pitt co-founded Plan B Entertainment in 2001. This firm has produced a number of movies, including The Departed (2006), 12 Years a Slave (2013), and Moonlight (2016), all of which have won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Many sites refer to Pitt as a sex icon, including Empire, which listed him among the 25 sexiest actors in cinematic history in 1995. He was named the sexiest man alive in that same year, a title he also won in 2000. Pitt was on Forbes’ annual Celebrity 100 list of the 100 most influential celebrities from 2006 to 2008, where he was ranked 20, 5, and 10, respectively.
He was included in the Time 100 list of the 100 most important people in the world in 2007, compiled annually by Time magazine. He was once more listed in 2009’s “Builders and Titans” edition of the Time 100.
Like Brad Pitt, Nick Cave made his sculpting debut
In the meantime, the 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: he exhibits “glazed ceramic figurines depicting the life of Satan in 17 stations, from innocence through experience into a confrontation of our mortality,” according to a press release.
Cave’s first significant piece of visual art is titled “The Devil: A Life.” Between 2020 and 2022, Cave in England individually hand-crafted, painted, and glazed 17 pieces totaling a height of 6 to 19.5 inches for the collection. The series’ aesthetic references the artist’s collection of Victorian Staffordshire Flatback figurines.
Both young sculptors created these pieces in conjunction with the significantly more skilled Houseago. The British artist, who has been working for almost three decades, displayed pieces in the Whitney Biennial in 2010.
Houseago, who is more known as a sculptor, exhibits a number of paintings in Tampere. He has recently started experimenting with this new medium. The pieces are from his expansive “Visions” series, which was created outside and was influenced by European symbolists like Edvard Munch of Norway. Additionally, he exhibits brand-new plaster and redwood sculptures that he created in reaction to pieces in the Sara Hildén Foundation’s collection, like Alberto Giacometti’s “Woman on a Chariot” from 1943 to 1962.
Houseago discussed his choice to produce a show with Cave and Pitt in the press release: “I don’t exist. I’m a WE!”