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Gilbert & George, BEARDARY, 2016 © Gilbert & George

Gilbert & George

The Great Exhibition

9.2 – 12.5 2019

Stockholm

Opens in 17 days

Gilbert & George are two men who together are one artist. For more than five decades they have been creating art that challenges the conventions of art and society with a blatant disregard for any notions of “good taste”. The Great Exhibition treats you to a unique artistic vision, with over fifty pictures selected by Gilbert & George.

As the most iconic double of the art world, dressed in near-matching and impeccably well-pressed suits, Gilbert & George have resided in the same London East End neighbourhood since the 1960s. Fearless and straight to the point, their art has the power to unsettle the viewer.

Gilbert & George – an indivisible artistic entity

Ever since they met at Saint Martin’s School of Art, Gilbert (born in the Dolomites, Italy, in 1943) and George (born in Devon, UK, in 1942) have walked their own path. Being both subjects and objects of their art, they are indisputably an indivisible artistic entity and have dedicated their life to art. By committing themselves to a discipline as rigorous as it is creative, keeping their life at their home and East End studio to simple classless routines, they have made room for total creative madness.

Comedy, tragedy, desperation, fearlessness and sadness

From floor to ceiling the exhibition space is filled with pictures that are at once thrilling and frightening, grotesque and austere, surreal and symbolic. The pictures almost always portray the artists themselves, often gazing directly at the viewer. Sex, money, race, and religion are among subjects of their art, which succeeds in combining happiness and sadness.

Punk rockers and hipsters, Morris dance and bombs, autumn leaves and classifieds of all kinds – Gilbert & George probe the world around us with piercing eyes. “The Great Exhibition” is as democratic, generous and extravagant as its creators. Gilbert & George proclaim “art for all”.

Curators: Hans Ulrich Obrist and Daniel Birnbaum

Admissions

Admission: 150 kr
Reduced admission: 120 kr (for seniors and students)

Free admission for those 18 and under and Friends of Moderna Museet.

Guided Tours

Curator tours (in Swedish)

Saturday 9 February at 14, with Ulf Eriksson, Curator Learning.
Tuesday 5 March at 17.30, with Exhibition Manager Olle Eriksson.

Baby tours (in Swedish)

Thursday 7 March at 15–17
Thursday 28 March at 15–17

More information and booking information baby tours

Tours for visually impaired (in Swedish)

Thursday 21 February at 17

Tours for group living facilities (in Swedish)

Thursday 21 February at 16–18

Guided tours in different languages

Guided tours in English, Swedish, and other languages are given regularly. All tours and full programme to the exhibition are listed in the calendar: calendar Gilbert & George

Book a guided tour

Holiday event from 4 and up

26 February–2 March 2019

All children from 4 and upwards are welcome to the Workshop for activities during the school break. We start with a tour of ”Gilbert & George: The Great Exhibition” (in Swedish), followed by a workshop session. Welcome!

Read more about the holyday event: February break: Gilbert & George

School visit

Welcome to visit the exhibition with you school class! To avoid double bookings for guided tours, please contact our booking office in good time and notify us of the date of your visit. E-mail: booking office

Free admission for:

  • School classes with pupils under the age 18 (with a teacher)
  • Accompanying teachers and assistants
  • SFI-classes

Book a guided tour or workshop

Combine your museum visit with a guided tour or an inspiring workshop session. We have different workshops for pupils 13 years and older, and 4–12 years old.

Book a guided tour and/or workshop

Read more about school visits: School

The exhibition is on the 4th floor

Images

Gilbert & George, QUEER, 1977 © Gilbert & George
Gilbert & George, SPERM EATERS, 1982 © Gilbert & George

Calendar events

  • Conversation
  • Recommended

Gilbert & George in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist

In English

  • Guided tour

Gilbert & George with Ulf Eriksson

In Swedish

  • Family Sunday

Tour and workshop, 2–6 years

In Swedish

  • Family Sunday

Tour and workshop, 7–14 years

In Swedish

  • Guided tour

Gilbert & George

In Swedish

  • Guided tour

Gilbert & George

In Swedish

  • Guided tour

Gilbert & George

In English

  • Guided tour

Gilbert & George with Ulf Eriksson

In Swedish

  • Family Sunday

Tour and workshop, 2–6 years

In Swedish

  • Family Sunday

Tour and workshop, 7–14 years

In Swedish

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