Pierre et Gilles

Salone Tirelli
30 April - 8 June 2008 
Pierre et Gilles experiment with a new way of representing the human body, through a series of self-portraits, in a clear contrast with their previous work. The two artists turn their backs on the sunny, hedonistic atmosphere that was a feature of their past creations and make it difficult for the viewer to interpret the sense of the images. At first, one cannot distinguish much of the chaos made up of phosphorescence and tortured forms, but there is nothing repulsive in this first impression. The apparent inscrutability of these works is extremely fascinating for the viewer. The images in the series can be interpreted according to various, complementary methods. The two artists continue to show their implacable need for perfection, which makes them capable of producing prodigiously complex images without ever resorting to the ease of technology.

Fotografia Europea has chosen five European photographers from five different eras and contexts, able to offer the main facets – as well as, in some cases, a first hand theoretical reflection – of modern problems. This section starts with the present day and offers some historical cross-references with a sample that typifies a possible approach, including famous figures, sometimes seen as eccentric in terms of the most widespread reflection. Together with Pierre et Gilles this section includes Paolo Gioli, Raoul HausmannJorge Molder and Wols.

Salone Tirelli
via Emilia San Pietro 1 - Reggio Emilia
tel. +39 0522 451152 or 456249 
Opening 30 April at 18.00
1 May - 4 May 10.00 to 23.00
6 May - 8 June: Mon-Fri 18.00 to 23.00, Sat-Sun 10.00 to 23.00 

Single ticket for all exhibitions 10 €, except the Steichen exhibition for which tickets can be bought from Palazzo Magnani and the Cloisters of San Domenico. Concessions 7 € (for students, TCI, CTS, AIB members, Reggio Emilia Young Peoples’ Card, over 65s and visitors to the Steichen exhibition at Palazzo Magnani and the Cloisters of San Domenico). Free for visitors under 12, school students, the disabled and their companions, journalists and ICOM members. On 1st May and 2nd June, free for residents of the Borough of Reggio Emilia. 24th May – free tickets for the ‘white night’ event.

Anubis © Pierre et Gilles
Courtesy Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris

Celacantus 1 © Pierre et Gilles
Courtesy Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris

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