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HELSINKI — Hollywood’s Brad Pitt and Australian musician Nick Cave have debuted as performers in an exhibition in Finland that shows sculptures and ceramics made by the movie star and the singer-songwriter.
Located in the southern Finnish city of Tampere, the Sara Hilden Art Museum was initially only supposed to exhibit the wide variety of works by British artist Thomas Houseago – known for his sculptures – but he is said to have persuaded the museum to work on works by his friends. Pitt and Cave.
Cave and Pitt are already well known in their respective fields of music and film, but this is the first time they have exhibited their artwork – pieces created in the course of an ongoing dialogue with Houseago,” the Finnish museum said.
Pitt and Cave traveled to Tampere, a college town known for its vibrant culture and music scene, for a Saturday pre-opening event. Finnish media reported that both men acknowledged that they were excited and nervous about presenting their art in public for the first time.
Among the nine works seen by 58-year-old Pitt is a house-shaped structure cast in clear silicon and shot with bullets and a plaster panel depicting a shooting scene. Pitt reportedly started 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 am I wrong in my relationships? Where have I made a mistake? Where am I complicit?” he said.
“It came from taking ownership of what I call a radical inventory of myself, getting really, brutally honest with me and … taking into account those I may have hurt and moments I just did wrong,” the American Oscar – winning actor and film producer told YLE.
Cave, known for his dark baritone voice fronting his band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, produced a series of ceramic figurines depicting the life of the devil. He designed, painted and glazed the 17 figures between 2020 and this year.
“I wanted to make a devil because it was red. And I like the color of red icing,” Cave told YLE. “In the end I decided to make the devil’s life story myself.”
“For me personally it says something about the idea of forgiveness or the need to be forgiven. It’s a very personal work for me.”
The exhibition is open on Sunday and runs until January 15, 2023.