Art/Finland: For the first time, Brad Pitt unveils his sculptures

Nine works by the American star, but also others by Nick Cave, are exhibited in a museum in Finland’s third city

Brad Pitt unveils a new string of his bow. The American star quietly opened the first exhibition showing his sculptures in Finland this weekend. “It was exciting and wonderful,” said Sarianne Soikkonen, curator of the Sara Hildén Art Museum in Tampere, the third largest city in the Nordic country.

For the first time, the 58-year-old “largely self-taught” actor exhibited nine works, in a joint exhibition with renowned British artist Thomas Houseago, but also another famous debutant, Australian rock star Nick Cave. Brad Pitt’s works include a large cast plaster panel depicting a shooting or a series of house-shaped silicone sculptures, each struck by different caliber bullets, housed in plastic.

For Brad Pitt, “it’s about introspection”

To the surprise of a Finland not used to Hollywood star visits, the actor made an appearance on Saturday at the exhibition, accompanied by Nick Cave. “For Nick and I, it’s a new world and a first performance. It just feels good,” the actor told Finnish TV Yle the same day, who didn’t know he would be there. “As far as I’m concerned, this is introspection. It’s about where I got my relationship wrong, where I made a wrong move,” the star said.

The exhibition was only announced as the first in the Nordic countries by sculptor and painter Thomas Houseago, one of the figures of modern sculpture. The artist’s decision to invite friends Brad Pitt and Nick Cave was made during the pandemic because of “events in (Thomas) Houseago’s personal life,” Soikkonen explained. Get 20 Minutes.

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