14 February - 26 May 2002
Pierre & Gilles met at a party in Paris in 1976 and have lived and worked together ever since, combining in their art photography and painting. Their early portraits have been of personalities like Salvador Dali, Yves Saint-Laurent, Paloma Picasso, Nina Hagen, Boy George, Catherine Deneuve, Kylie Minogue or Claudia Schiffer, nowadays they are of Marc Almond, Laetitia Casta, Dalida, Juliette Greco and others, which are exhibited in this show.
MON COEUR" (Take My Heart) will bring together 75 works,
Constantly redefining the limits of photography like no-one has done before, Pierre & Gilles are following the same working process for twenty-five years:
& Gilles start by designing the work they have imagined together
on the basis of
Each detail of their work is conceived through the vision of a magical world which corresponds to their imaginery reality. In this quest for absolute perfection, it is important to emphasize that Pierre & Gilles use no digital techniques in their work. The artists insist that the only way to produce their images is through meticulous, complex, manual methods. The result is a work of rare perfection, unique and irreplacable, which no digital software could produce with such poetry, subtlety, soul and finesse.
frontier between popular iconography and the History of Art, the style
of Pierre & Gilles is unique: Pierre & Gilles have literally
invented a precise and immediately identifiable stylistic territory
between painting and photography, installation and stage direction.
In these times, with such a diversity of signatures, inventing their
own universe carried no guarantees; nevertheless, it paid off for Pierre
& Gilles: becoming themselves a
work which gives the exhibition its title, "Take my Heart"
Aiden Shaw a young man literally ripping the heart out of his beloved,
the recent works by Pierre & Gilles plunge us into an atmosphere
of gloom. This new gravity is far from the light, frivolous world in
The artists also touch on the theme of childhood. This is no happy, innocent childhood; Pierre & Gilles remind us it can also be a dark, tormented time. More bitter-sweet than their previous works, the images shown in "Arrache mon Coeur" tamp themselves lastingly in the viewer´s memory.
The self-portraits are undoubtedly among the most striking images created by Pierre & Gilles; they cover their entire career, and constitute essential landmarks for an understanding of their work as a major reflection on eternity and beauty.
Beyond the new themes treated, Pierre & Gilles will return to some of their favourite subjects: Asia will be present, but this time with a very contemporary viewpoint, far from Asia myth or the Asia of postcards. Pierre & Gilles will also reveal new religious scenes; having taken some distance with the official iconography of the Saints, here they will give us a much darker, harsher view of religion. Finally, some portraits of their famous will complete the exhibition in settings which are always astonishing...
will be accompanied by a catalogue in German, English and French, available
at the KunstHausWien MuseumShop.