After a successful first year with many led-tours, we have decided to offer a highlight tour every Friday at 11.15am for any visitors who wish to participate – the tour is capped at 20 people and is available on ‘first-come, first-served’ basis.

Our first tour will be on Friday 7 June.

G&G’s art is known to spark conversation and we love welcoming groups of visitors; students, tourists, art lovers, and many others who like to engage in discussion about G&G’s art and the artworks on display.

In our first year of opening, we have had the pleasure to welcome many groups and have facilitated tours of the Centre and our inaugural exhibition THE PARADISICAL PICTURES. We’ve also offered in-depth architectural tours led by the Centre’s architect, Manuel Irsara (Co-Founder of @sirs_architects) on multiple occasions, including Open House Festival, Frieze, as well as on-request from visitors with a strong interest in architecture.

Highlight Centre tours will last around 45 minutes and have more of a conversational tone, encouraging groups to participate, ask questions, and share their own reflections.

Faithful to our mission of ART FOR ALL, these tours are free of charge.

If you’re a group-leader and would like to explore the exhibition in more depth, we regularly offer tours on request. For educational groups these tours remain free of charge, however for any other large groups we kindly ask you to consider showing us support through a donation.

Here’s some feedback from previous tour participants:

“The exhibition made me think more about the ways artists in general put themselves into their work”

“I really enjoyed the art pieces which are vibrant and thought provoking”

“I was also impressed by the informative and personable tour guide who aptly answered the questions put to them”

Photography © Sam Harris.

NAKED BODY (1991), from the ‘NEW DEMOCRATIC PICTURES’ by Gilbert & George.

Currently on view at the V&A Museum in the exhibition Fragile Beauty: Photographs from the Sir Elton John and David Furnish Collection.

The exhibition celebrates Sir Elton John and David Furnish’s passion for photography and reflects their personal taste and unique eye as collectors. Across eight thematic sections, Fragile Beauty explores themes such as fashion, reportage, celebrity, the male body, and American photography.

“Since we first loaned a selection of Horst photographs to the V&A in 2014, our relationship with the museum has grown significantly. Fragile Beauty takes our collaboration to really exciting new heights, showcasing some of the most beloved photographers and iconic images from within our collection. Working alongside the V&A again has been a truly memorable experience, and we look forward to sharing this exhibition with the public.”
– Sir Elton John and David Furnish

On view until 5 January 2025. For more information, visit V&A’s website here.

50 years after creating ‘G & G’ from the ‘DRINKING PIECES – MODERN RUBBISH’ pictures in 1973, Gilbert & George present a new suite of Inkwashes ‘G AND G’.

Each Inkwash in this suite has been individually hand-painted by Gilbert & George, with each featuring distinctive, lively and unique brushwork, and colourful lettering on 400 gsm watercolour paper. Numbered and signed by Gilbert & George, the two formats (horizontal and vertical) come in an edition of 50.

Available to purchase from the Centre and via our online store – with worldwide shipping available. All proceeds benefit the Centre ensuring its door remains open to everyone with no ticket or entry fee, furthering Gilbert & George’s vision of an ‘Art
For All’.

£2,000 each (sold unframed)

Horizontal format size: 70cm H x 100cm W
Vertical format size: 100cm H x 70cm W

Join us, in the presence of Gilbert & George, for the launch of Dark Shadow (2024) at The Gilbert & George Centre on Thursday 9 May from 6 to 8pm.

➡️ Please reserve your spot here

Gilbert & George created Dark Shadow in 1974 as a ‘living sculpture book’, the ‘result of our past three years of earnest daily thoughts, shadows, deeds, cares and pleasures.’ Hurtwood’s limited new edition (of 2,000), marks its fiftieth anniversary.

Featuring original text and artwork by Gilbert & George, the publication offers an unparalleled perspective on the early career of one of the twentieth century’s most significant artists. Like their art, Gilbert & George’s writing is irreverent, rebellious, often funny and deeply poetic. The book includes a letter to their readers and photographs by the artists of themselves, their home in East London and their pictures.

Dark Shadow is structured in eight chapters, which elaborate on the inspirations behind Gilbert & George’s work, such as London life and British culture, including, of course, Gordon’s Gin. As is emblazoned on the cover, Dark Shadow is a continuation of their lifelong agenda ‘Art for All’, and each book is a piece of art in itself, uniquely bound in the UK with hand-marbled cloth, made under the guidance of Gilbert & George.

You can purchase your copy at the event for a special, discounted price of £125.

📍The Gilbert & George Centre, 5a Heneage St, London E1 5LJ 📍

Photography by Hurtwood

 

 

Gilbert & George – Pink Elephants on show at the Herbert Foundation – Loods, Belgium, now until the 28th July 2024.

Gilbert and George have been working as two people but one artist since the early 1960s. For Gilbert & George there is no distinction between the artist and the artwork. “The life of Gilbert & George is art.” Their versatile oeuvre is both current and provocative and is equally romantic and humorous. Although they always place themselves and their lives at the centre of their art, they transcend the personal and their work touches upon universal themes such as identity, sexuality, religion, and politics. The presentation Gilbert & George – Pink Elephants emphasises Gilbert & George’s early work and shows the radical position they took from the outset.

The exhibition is part of a series of focus presentations where works and documents form the basis to elaborate further on the multifaceted oeuvres of the artists in the collection of Annick and Anton Herbert.

Text by Herbert Foundation

Works in the exhibition include Gilbert & George’s 1974 ‘INCA PISCO’ and three of their iconic ‘DIRTY WORDS PICTURES’ from 1977.

To find out more about Pink Elephants visit Herbert Foundation here.

Images: Exhibition views of ‘Gilbert & George – Pink Elephants’ at Herbert Foundation – Loods. Photograph by Kristien Daem.

We would like to extend a thank you to everyone for their support during our inaugural year. Since opening our doors and our inaugural exhibition ‘THE PARADISICAL PICTURES’ in April, we’ve had the pleasure of welcoming almost 40,000 visitors and look forward to welcoming many more in 2024!

The Centre will be closing on Friday 22nd December for the festive period and will reopen Wednesday 3rd January 2024. From Wednesday 3rd January, we are pleased to announce our extended opening days will be Wednesday to Sunday, 11AM – 6PM.