Brad Pitt makes sculpting debut in Finland

Brad Pitt’s work as a sculptor is on display for the first time, with nine pieces of his arriving in Tampere, Finland. 

Nick Cave, Thomas Houseago and Brad Pitt at the Sara Hilden Art Museum in Tampere, Finland Photo Jussi Koivunen

They are part of an exhibition titled We that will run until 15 January at the Sara Hildén Art Museum. In addition, sculptures from singer Nick Cave and artist Thomas Houseago also appear. 

Pitt was rumoured to have started sculpting ceramic art after his divorce from Angelina Jolie in 2017. In 2019, The Sun reported that he had a studio at his Los Angeles home and that he and fellow A-lister Leonardo DiCaprio had bonded over their love of ceramics while preparing for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.

Already, Pitt seems to have got the artist impression pretty much nailed on. At the exhibition’s opening, he said: “For me, it’s about self reflection… It was born out of ownership over what I call a ‘radical inventory of the self’. And getting really brutally honest with me and taking account of those I may have hurt and the moments I’ve just gotten wrong.” 

Among the works on show by Pitt is his first ever sculpture: House A Go Go (2017). The piece is a 46cm-tall miniature house made out of tree bark and held together with tape. Another of the works is a coffin-sized bronze box depicting hands, feet and faces attempting to escape. 

Australian singer Nick Cave’s own artist debut shows “glazed ceramic figurines depicting the life of the Devil in 17 stations, from innocence through experience into confrontation of our mortality.” It’s Cave’s first major body of work and you’ve got to admire the ambition. The 17 individual instalments come together to form The Devil: A Life, with each ranging from 15cm and 50cm tall. All of the figures were hand-crafted, painted and glazed by Cave in England between 2020 and 2022. 

Like the rather famous other two, Houseago, an established sculptor, is expanding artistic horizons. He is showing some paintings after moving into brushwork roughly three years ago.

In a statement on the collaborative exhibition, Houseago said: “I am not an I. I’m a WE!”.


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