Brad Pitt has unveiled his sculptures at a lakeside art museum in Finland as part of the actor’s first-ever public art exhibition that came as an unexpected surprise to the Scandinavian country.
Located in Tampere, Finland’s third-largest city, this is the first time the “largely self-taught” American star has presented his sculptures to the public, according to the Sara Hildén Art Museum.
Pitt’s sculptures were unveiled on Saturday by the 58-year-old actor himself as part of a larger exhibition by British artist Thomas Houseago, alongside a ceramics series by Australian musician Nick Cave.
“For Nick and me, this is a new world and our first entry. It just feels right,” Pitt told Finnish broadcaster Yle during the opening ceremony.
Pitt’s nine works in the show include a cast plaster panel “depicting a gunfight” and a series of house-shaped silicone sculptures, each shot with a different amount of ammunition.
“For me, it’s about self-reflection. It’s about where I’ve gone wrong in my relationships, where I’ve made a mistake, where am I complicit,” Pitt said at the opening. “For me, it’s come from owning what I call a radical inventory of myself, getting really brutally honest with me and taking into account those I may have hurt, moments I just did wrong.”
The actor reportedly started trying pottery after his divorce from Angelina Jolie, spending up to 15 hours a day at Houseago’s Los Angeles studio in 2017. He told GQ in August that he didn’t view his pursuit of ceramics as art, but as a “solo, very calm, very tactile kind of sport”.
Pitt’s unexpected visit surprised the Scandinavian country, as his involvement in the exhibition had not been previously announced.
“In that sense, this is exciting and wonderful,” chief curator Sarianne Soikkonen told Agence France-Presse. She added that Houseago’s decision to include his friends in his exhibition was shaped by the pandemic and “events in Houseago’s personal life”.
In addition to showcasing Pitt’s sculptures for the first time, the art show is Houseago’s exhibition debut in the Nordic countries and Cave’s first exhibition of ceramics.
The musician, who studied painting at the Caulfield Institute of Technology in Melbourne before taking up music, created 17 hand-painted ceramic figurines depicting “the life of the devil in 17 stations”, indicating his interest in Victorian Staffordshire Flatback figurines, of which he is a collector.