We are delighted to announce a special screening of WITH Gilbert & George, by Julian Cole at the The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) at 6.30pm on Saturday 13 July. 🎬

“For the first time this is the whole story” Gilbert & George

Filmmaker, Julian Cole first met Gilbert & George when he modelled for them in 1986. His intimate and moving portrait filmed over 18 years, reveals for the first time the individuals behind the living sculptures. The film traces their lives from humble beginnings to the world’s artistic stage where they have performed their enigmatic and controversial double act for four decades. Having mounted more exhibitions around the world than any other living artist, G&G’s motto ‘Art for All’ is assessed through their ground-breaking shows in Russia, China and beyond revealing how their art can transcend cultural barriers.

WITH Gilbert & George transports us out of the limelight and into the 18th Century home and studio they created together in 1969 in Spitalfields, East London. We see how their work not only documents their own remarkable and enduring artistic collaboration but also the transformation of their visually rich but financially poor and historic neighbourhood.

104 minutes Video documentary, UK, 2007

Produced, Directed and Filmed by Julian Cole

Purchase tickets here 🎟️

The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) is London’s leading space for contemporary culture; commissioning, producing and presenting work in film, music, performance and the visual arts by today’s most progressive artists.

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, led by a member of our team.

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.

THE PILGRIMAGE OF GILBERT & GEORGE premieres at 9pm, on Tuesday, May 28th. 

The film is free to watch in the UK via Sky Arts on FreeView channel 36, and is also being broadcast on Sky TV (channel 130), and on NOW TV.  

Filmed over the Spring and Summer 2023, this immersive, 87-minute film weaves together a body of new interviews with a rich tapestry of historic and rare archive, to form a compelling personal reflection on their journey and enduring art philosophy. The film also features contributions from White Cube’s Jay Jopling, friend and filmmaker Julian Cole, and their friend Sandra Esqulant.  

The Pilgrimage of Gilbert & George is a Supercollider / Zinc TV production. Directed by Mike Christie @mikechristieuk. Producers Michael Bracewell and Michael Collins. Commissioning Editor Adam Gee. Executive Producer Greg Sanderson.  

The film is distributed by Poorhouse International. International enquiries should be addressed to [email protected] 

87 mins / UHD / 5.1 / © 2024 

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

 

 

COMPETITION GIVEAWAY

We are giving away 50 signed copies of the Evening Standard front page artwork by Gilbert and George

To enter, visit Instagram, like and comment on the post, follow @gilbertandgeorgecentre AND @evening.standard or @esculture  for a chance to win.

Full Terms & Conditions: 18+. Promotion closes at 9am on April 15, 2024. There is one prize per person with 50 chances to win, consisting of a signed copy of the Evening Standard front page artwork by Gilbert and George.

The winners will be selected at random on App Sorteos by the Evening Standard after the closing date and time. The winner will be contacted via Instagram on April 15, 2024. The prizes are non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.

To enter you must like and comment on this post, follow @evening.standard or @ESCulture AND @GilbertandGeorgeCentre before this promotion closes and at the time winners are chosen.

One entry is permitted per person. Usual promotion rules apply, see http://www.standard.co.uk/rules.

For further information, please write to Evening Standard Limited, Alphabeta Building, 4-18 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A

We are now open!

Celebrating a year since opening, we are thrilled to announce our second exhibition, Gilbert & George’s ‘LONDON PICTURES’ is now open at the Centre.

Opening this week (FRI – SUN) 11am – 6pm

Continues Wednesday to Sunday, 11am – 6pm throughout 2024!

The largest group of pictures created by Gilbert & George, the ‘LONDON PICTURES’ offers both a directory of urban human behaviour and a moral portrait of our times. Brutal and declamatory, these brooding and disquieting pictures have been created from the sorting and classification by subject of 3,712 newspaper posters, stolen by Gilbert & George over a number of years. In their lucidity, no less than their insight into the daily realities of metropolitan life, the ‘LONDON PICTURES, are Dickensian in scope and ultra-modern in sensibility.

More than a decade since they were first unveiled on a global tour, the Centre will present 28 of the 292 pictures from the ‘LONDON PICTURES’ group – many of which have not been seen in the UK previously. Viewing these ‘LONDON PICTURES’ in 2024 will prompt viewers to consider how society has changed and what has remained central to our shared experience…

The Centre is located in the heart of Spitalfields, just off Brick Lane at

5a Heneage Street, London, E1 5LJ.

Free admission: ART FOR ALL

Gilbert & George in the main gallery photographed by Prudence Cuming

Celebrating a year since opening, we are thrilled to announce the second exhibition to take place at the Gilbert & George Centre will be Gilbert & George’s ‘LONDON PICTURES’ – opening 12 April 2024.

The largest group of pictures created by Gilbert & George, the ‘LONDON PICTURES’ offers both a directory of urban human behaviour and a moral portrait of our times. Over a number of years, Gilbert & George stole newspaper posters found across London, filtering and sorting the stories they conveyed by subject matter.

More than a decade since they were first unveiled on a global tour, the Centre will present 28 of the 292 pictures from the ‘LONDON PICTURES’ series, many of which have not been seen in the UK previously. Viewing these ‘LONDON PICTURES’ in 2024 will prompt viewers to consider how society has changed and what has remained central to our shared experience…

The entire group of ‘LONDON PICTURES’ were last on view globally in Athens, Berlin, Brussels, London, Naples, Hong Kong, New York, Paris and Salzburg in 2012.

“London is the most important part of our inspiration. It is all that surrounds us. And so we have been able to include all this remarkable surface of thoughts and feeling that we find in these posters…” – Gilbert & George

Michael Bracewell, 2012

The ‘LONDON PICTURES’ will be open to the public from 12 April for the duration of 2024.

We eagerly look forward to welcoming you in April. Please sign up to our newsletter for the latest information.

 

Our inaugural show ‘THE PARADISICAL PICTURES’ has now officially closed.

We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who visited the exhibition and supported the Centre over the past year. It was a pleasure to welcome almost 40,000 visitors and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

The Gilbert & George Centre will be closed for a changeover period as we prepare for our upcoming Spring show. Please follow us on Instagram and visit our website to stay updated with our behind-the-scenes preparations.

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.

Our inaugural show ‘THE PARADISICAL PICTURES’ will be on view at the Centre until Sunday 11th February 2024.

If you haven’t had the chance to visit us yet, we’d love to welcome you in our final weeks of the show!

Located in the heart of Spitalfields, just off Brick Lane at 5a Heneage Street, London, E1 5LJ. Open Wednesday to Sunday, 11am – 6pm.

Free admission: ART FOR ALL

More news to follow soon on our upcoming Spring 2024 exhibition!

The Gilbert & George Centre is officially welcoming in the New Year with extended opening days of Wednesdays to Sundays, 11am to 6pm.

We would like to offer our gratitude to everyone for supporting us in our opening year. Stay tuned for our new exhibition opening in Spring 2024!

Visit us as we delve into the concluding weeks of ‘THE PARADISICAL PICTURES’; we eagerly anticipate the opportunity to meet even more of you!

Image: ‘NEW YEAR WORLD’, 241 X 175 cm from the 1989 POSTCARD PICTURES

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.

ROYAL INK WASHES

To commemorate and celebrate the accession of Charles III to the throne, Gilbert & George have created a new suite of eight luscious Royal Ink Washes.

Individually created, with rich, heavy brushstrokes in a palette of red, white, blue and gold, they depict exclamations associated with the monarchy.

Each of the eight designs is numbered and signed by Gilbert & George, in an edition size of 50 unique originals.

Available now only from The Gilbert & George Centre.

Prior to purchase, images of all ink washes can be viewed in our online shop here. Preferred edition number(s) can be purchased (if still available).

Special 400 gsm watercolour paper and Indian ink with designs in horizontal and vertical formats.

Each ink wash is sold unframed: £2,000 each

All proceeds directly benefit The Centre and go towards making the Centre open to all – ART FOR ALL.

TO BE WITH ART IS ALL WE ASK

'To Be With Art Is All We Ask' 1970

2019 ROSY

'ROSY' from THE PARADISICAL PICTURES

To Be With Art Is All We Ask.

Our art is DEATH, HOPE, LIFE, FEAR, SEX, MONEY, RACE, RELIGION, SHITTY, NAKED, HUMAN, WORLD.

We welcome you to the opening of The Gilbert & George Centre on the 1 April 2023.

The inaugural exhibition at The Gilbert & George Centre will be THE PARADISICAL PICTURES, exhibited in London for the first time.

Love Always and All Ways

x Gilbert & George x