HELSINKI (AP) — Hollywood’s Brad Pitt and Australian musician Nick Cave are making their debut as artists at an exhibition in Finland featuring sculptures and ceramics created by the movie star and songwriter.
The Sara Hilden Art Museum, located in the southern Finnish city of Tampere, was originally intended to exhibit only a wide selection of works by British artist Thomas Haussag, known for his sculptures, but he reportedly convinced the museum to include works by his friends Pete and Cave.
“Cave and Pete are already well-known in their fields of music and film, but this is the first time they are showing their works of art – works that have been created in the course of an ongoing dialogue with Hausag,” the Finnish museum said.
Pete and Cave traveled to Tampere, a university town known for its vibrant culture and music, for a pre-opening event on Saturday. Finnish media reported that both men admitted they were nervous and anxious about presenting their art publicly for the first time.
Among the nine works by Pete, 58, on display are a house-shaped structure cast from clear silicon and shot through with bullets, and a plaster panel depicting the scene of the shooting.
Pitt reportedly took up pottery after his 2017 divorce from Angelina Jolie.
“For me, it’s all about self-reflection,” Pitt told Finnish public broadcaster YLE. “Is this about me making a mistake in my relationship? Where did I miss it?”
“It came from taking what I call a radical self-inventory, being really, really terribly honest with myself and… considering those who I may have hurt and the moments where I’ve just gone wrong.” American actor and filmmaker, winner of the “Oscar” award. The producer told YLE.
Known for his dark baritone as frontman for his band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Cave’s exhibit features a series of ceramic figurines depicting the life of the devil. He designed, painted and glazed 17 figures between 2020 and this year.
“I wanted to make a devil because I like red. And I like the red frosting,” Cave told YLE. “In the end I decided to do the story of the devil’s life. To me personally, it says something about the idea of forgiveness or needing to be forgiven. This is a very personal work for me.”
The exhibition opened on Sunday and will run until January 15, 2023.