Brad Pitt, Nick Cave make surprise art debut in Finland

Left to Right: Nick Cave, Thomas Houseago and Brad Pitt, shown with artworks of theirs that appear in a current show at the Sara Hilden Art Museum in Tampere, Finland. Image courtesy of the Sara Hilden Art Museum. Photo credit Jussi Koivunen

Left to Right: Nick Cave, Thomas Houseago and Brad Pitt, shown with artworks of theirs that appear in a current show at the Sara Hilden Art Museum in Tampere, Finland. Image courtesy of the Sara Hilden Art Museum. Photo credit Jussi Koivunen

HELSINKI (AP) – Hollywood’s Brad Pitt and Australian musician Nick Cave have debuted as artists in an exhibition in Finland that displays sculptures and ceramics created by the movie star and the singer-songwriter.

The Sara Hilden Art Museum, located in the southern Finnish city of Tampere, was initially scheduled to exhibit solely the wide variety of works by British artist Thomas Houseago – known for his sculptures – but he reportedly persuaded the museum include works by his friends Pitt and Cave.

Thomas Houseago, ‘Weekend at El Cap,’ 2022. Acrylic on canvas, 274.3 by 182.9 by 5.1cm. Courtesy Houseago Studio.

Thomas Houseago, ‘Weekend at El Cap,’ 2022. Acrylic on canvas, 274.3 by 182.9 by 5.1cm. Courtesy Houseago Studio

“Cave and Pitt are already renowned in their respective fields of music and cinema, but this is the first time ever they have exhibited their artwork – pieces which were created during the course of an ongoing dialog with Houseago,” the Finnish museum said.

Pitt and Cave traveled to Tampere, an university city known for its vibrant culture and music scene, for a pre-opening event on September 17. Finnish media reported that both men acknowledged being excited and nervous about presenting their art in public for the first time.

Among the nine works on show by the 58-year-old Pitt is a house-shaped structure molded in clear silicon and shot with bullets and a plaster panel depicting a shooting scene.

Pitt reportedly began making ceramic art following his divorce from Angelina Jolie in 2017.

“To me it’s all about self-reflection,” Pitt told the Finnish public broadcaster YLE. “It’s about, you know, where have I gone wrong in my relationships? Where have I missed up?”

“It was borne out of ownership, really, what I call a radical inventory of self, getting really honest with me and … taking account those I may have hurt and moments I’ve just gotten wrong,” the American Oscar-winning actor and film producer told YLE.

Nick Cave, ‘Devil Returns from the War,’ from the series The Devil – A Life, 2020-2022. Glazed ceramics. Courtesy Nick Cave. Photo credit Prudence Cuming Associates

Nick Cave, ‘Devil Returns from the War,’ from the series The Devil – A Life, 2020-2022. Glazed ceramics. Courtesy Nick Cave. Photo credit Prudence Cuming Associates

From Cave, known for his dark baritone voice as the front man for his band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, the exhibition features a series of ceramic figurines that depict the life of the devil. He designed, painted and glazed the 17 figures between 2020 and this year.

“I wanted to do devil because I like red. And I like the color red glaze,” Cave told YLE. “Eventually I decided to make the life story of the devil. For me personally, it speaks into something about the idea of forgiveness or the need to be forgiven. It’a very personal work for me.”

The exhibition opened on September 18 and runs through Jan. 15, 2023.

By JARI TANNER, Associated Press

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