Brad Pitt makes surprise debut as a sculptor at Finnish Art Gallery | Sculpture

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Brad Pitt unveiled his sculptures at a lakeside art museum in Finland as part of the actor’s first-ever public art exhibition which came as an unexpected surprise to the Nordic country.

Set in Finland’s third-largest city, Tampere, this is the first time the “largely self-taught” American star has presented his sculptures to the public, the Sara Hildén Art Museum has said.

Pitt’s sculptures were revealed by the 58-year-old actor himself on Saturday as part of a larger exhibition by British artist Thomas Houseago, alongside a series of ceramics by Australian musician Nick Cave.

“For Nick and me, it’s a new world and our first entrance. It feels good,” Pitt told Finnish TV channel Yle during the opening ceremony.

Pitt’s nine works in the exhibition features a cast plaster panel “representing a shootout” and a series of house-shaped silicone sculptures that were each shot with a different caliber of ammunition.

“For me, it’s a question of self-reflection. It’s about knowing where I went wrong in my relationships, where did I misstep, where am I complicit. » Pitt said at the opening. “For me, it was born out of owning what I call a radical inventory of myself, getting really brutally honest with myself and considering those I may have hurt, the times I come to deceive me.”

The actor reportedly started dabbling in 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 considered his practice of ceramics not as an art, but as a “solo sport, very silent and very tactile”.

Pitt’s unexpected visit took the Nordic country by surprise, as his participation in the exhibition had not previously been announced.

“In that sense, it’s exciting and wonderful,” chief curator Sarianne Soikkonen told Agence France-Presse. She added that Houseago’s decision to include her friends in her exhibit was shaped by the pandemic and “events in Houseago’s personal life.”

In addition to hosting Pitt’s sculptures for the first time, the art exhibition is Houseago’s first exhibition in the Nordics and Cave’s first ceramic exhibition.

The musician, who studied painting at the Caulfield Institute of Technology in Melbourne before getting into music, has created 17 hand-painted ceramic figurines representing “the life of the devil in 17 stations”, a nod to his interest in Victorian Staffordshire Flatback figurines, which he collects.

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