ARTIST ROOMS Gilbert & George

28 April to 2 September 2018
Brighton Museum

Gilbert (b. 1943) & George (b. 1942) are a Turner Prize-winning artist partnership, who have worked and shared their lives together for fifty years. By presenting themselves as ‘living sculptures’ they challenge the distinction between art and life; sacrificing their separate identities and turning the notion of creativity on its head. The playful and ambiguous works on display, drawn from the ARTIST ROOMS collection, explore themes essential to humanity and contemporary society including sex, faith, and identity.

Gilbert & George EXISTERS 1984. ARTISTS ROOMS Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Art Fund 2008. © Gilbert & George
Gilbert & George EXISTERS 1984. ARTISTS ROOMS Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. Acquired jointly through The d’Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Art Fund 2008. © Gilbert & George

The artists are not afraid to shock their audience in their determination to present a truthful vision of life. The explicit nature of some of their imagery includes male nudity, sexuality and bodily functions, which some people may find challenging.

This exhibition draws from the ARTIST ROOMS touring collection of over 1,600 works of modern and contemporary art. The collection is displayed across the UK in solo exhibitions that showcase the work of more than 40 major artists, and this touring programme gives young people the chance to get involved in creative projects, discover more about art and learn new skills. Since 2009, 40 million people have visited more than 150 displays at over 75 museums and galleries.

ARTIST ROOMS is jointly owned by the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. The collection was established through The d’Offay Donation in 2008, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund, and the Scottish and British Governments.

The ARTIST ROOMS touring programme is delivered by the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate in a partnership with Ferens Art Gallery until 2019, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, by Art Fund and by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.

Exhibition admission charges

FREE for young people (under 26) & members

Brighton & Hove Residents 26 and over:
Adult £3.50
(proof of Brighton & Hove residency is required per adult – eg driving licence, council tax/utility bill or library card)

Non-residents 26 and over:
Admission to the exhibition is included in the museum entry charge. See current Brighton Museum admission charges

During our monthly Brighton Museum Free Days admission to the exhibition is free for everyone, dates coming soon.