Brad Pitt unveils his sculptures at a first art exhibition

In the actor’s first-ever public art exhibition, Brad Pitt unveiled his sculptures at a lakeside art museum in Finland, the gallery recently announced.

Set in Finland’s third-largest city, Tampere, it’s the first time the “largely self-taught” American star has presented his sculptures to the public, the Sara Hilden Art Museum has said.

Pitt’s sculptures were revealed by the actor himself last Saturday as part of a larger exhibition by British artist Thomas Houseago, alongside a series of ceramics by Australian alternative rocker Nick Cave.

“For Nick and me, it’s a new world and our first entrance. It feels good,” Pitt told Finnish TV channel Yle during the opening ceremony.

For the exhibition, artist Thomas Houseago is showing new paintings and sculptures alongside a series of ceramics by Nick Cave and sculptures by Brad Pitt, according to the museum. For Cave and Pitt, this is their first time exhibiting their artwork, which was created during an ongoing dialogue with Houseago. Photo: AFP

Pitt’s work includes a cast plaster panel “depicting a shootout” and a series of house-shaped silicone sculptures that were each shot with a different caliber of ammunition.

“For me, it’s about soul-searching. It’s about knowing where I went wrong in my relationships, where did I go wrong,” Pitt said in the opener.

The 58-year-old actor’s unexpected visit took the Nordic country by surprise as his participation in the exhibition had not previously been announced.

“In that sense, it’s exciting and wonderful,” said chief curator Sarianne Soikkonen.

As well as hosting Pitt’s sculptures for the first time, the art exhibit is Houseago’s first exhibition in the Nordics.

The decision to include his friends Cave and Pitt in his exhibit was shaped by the pandemic and “events in Houseago’s personal life,” Soikkonen said. -AFP

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