Brad Pitt unveils nine sculptures at the Finnish Art Museum
“It was born out of having what I call a radical self-inventory,” the Oscar-winning actor-turned-sculptor said.
After winning an Oscar in 2021, Brad Pitt embarked on three new careers: amateur treasure hunter, leader of The Great Pottery Throw Down fan club, and now a professional sculptor.
The ‘Bullet Train’ star has unveiled nine sculptures at a Finnish art museum, the Sara Hildén Art Museum, as part of a larger exhibition by British artist Thomas Houseago and a series of ceramics by the musician Australian Nick Cave. Of note, Pitt’s longtime collaborator, director Andrew Dominik, has made two Cave documentaries.
“For Nick and me, it’s a new world and our first entrance. It feels good,” Pitt told Finnish broadcasting company Yle during the opening ceremony (via The Independent).
Pitt, billed as a “largely self-taught” artist, said his pieces were part of his emotional rebirth.
“For me, it’s a matter of self-reflection,” Pitt mused. “It’s about knowing where I went wrong in my relationships, where did I misstep, where am I complicit. For me, it was born out of having what I call a radical inventory about myself, getting really brutally honest with myself and considering who I may have hurt, times when I was just wrong.
Pitt’s works include a cast plaster panel titled “Self-Inflicted Bullet Wound at Home” which was made of crystallized platinum silicone bullets. Another sculptor named “Candle Holders For Loved Ones” was “made in times of COVID”. A bronze box with hands, feet and faces is called “Sighted you, I saw me, but it was too late this time”.
Pitt previously expressed his fandom for the British reality series “The Great Pottery Throw Down”, informing his latest artistic works. “I’ve seen every season,” Pitt confirmed, adding that the show is “so beautiful.”
According to an official synopsis (for those unaware of the kiln-centric series), ‘The Great Pottery Throw Down’ centers on 10 home potters from across the country who venture into Stoke-on-Trent. , the pottery house, in their quest to become the Top Potter.
The official show page retweeted the “Bullet Train” interview with the caption, “The first rule of pottery club is: you *must* talk about pottery,” nodding to “Fight Club.”
Great news! @SaraHildenArt in #Tampere #Finland presents the 1st exhibition of Thomas Houseago in the Nordic countries. In the exhibition you can see his sculptures and paintings alongside a series of ceramics by Nick Cave and sculptures by Brad Pitt 🤩. Photo: Jussi Koivunen #VisitTampere pic.twitter.com/OFixSLj9tp
— Visit Tampere (@VisitTampere) September 17, 2022