Brad Pitt and Nick Cave Make Surprising Art Debut With Works About ‘Self-Reflection’ And A Devil’s Life Story

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

Located in the southern Finnish city of Tampere, the Sara Hilden Art Museum was initially planned to only exhibit the work of British sculptor Thomas Houseago, but he reportedly persuaded the museum to display works by his friends Pitt and Cave. to take.

“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 artworks – pieces created in the course of an ongoing dialogue with Houseago,” said the Finnish museum.

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.

Six people pose in an art gallery.  From LR: a woman, Nick Cave, a woman, artist Thomas, another woman and Brad Pitt.
Brad Pitt, Nick Cave and Thomas Houseago with museum director Anna Hjorth-Röntynen, chief curator Sarianne Saikkonen and mayor of Tampere Anna-Kaisa Ikonen. (AP: Jussi Koivunen/Sara Hilden Art Museum)

Among the nine works by Pitt on display is a house-shaped structure cast in clear silicon and shot with bullets and a plaster panel depicting a shooting scene.

The 58-year-old reportedly started making ceramic art after his divorce from Angelina Jolie in 2017.

He 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 grew out of owning 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 Oscar-winning actor told YLE.

Cave – known for his dark baritone voice fronting 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 Sundays and runs until January 15, 2023.


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