Brad Pitt Is Apparently One Hell of a Sculptor Now, Too

The actor is exhibiting nine of his sculptures at the Sara Hildén Art Museum in Finland.
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Celebrities continue to prove that they have the sensibilities of just about any other artist out there. Whether it's Seth Rogen's ceramic ashtrays or Lucy Liu's erotic paintings, celebrity art is a thing and a pretty big one at that. Just the past week, we've seen Robert Pattinson's curatorial debut. Hey, even King Charles III is a watercolorist in his spare time.

Now, we get Brad Pitt and his larger-than-life wicked surrealist sculptures from his new group exhibit Thomas Houseago – WE with Nick Cave & Brad Pitt. Recently, the Bullet Train actor made a surprise debut at the Sara Hildén Art Museum in Finland, together with other ceramic, plaster, and bronze pieces from Thomas Houseago and our beloved Nick Cage.

The museum explained that this collaboration was meant to channel themes of nature, cosmic unity, and extreme self-reflection. It noted in its curatorial introduction: "Cave and Pitt are already renowned in their respective fields of music and cinema, but this is the first time ever they have exhibited their artwork - pieces created during the course of an ongoing dialogue with Houseago."

This partnership is said to have come from a profound realization that "I am not an I. I’m a WE!'” as the trio pointed out. “WE is an open-ended concept that encourages new ways to think about art-making and the role of the solitary artist, which are less about ideas born exclusively to a single author,” the museum noted in a a statement.

For the show, Pitt offers viewers a wide range of large and small bronze sculptures that tackle themes like death, violence, and perseverance. These include a miniature house made out of tree bark held only by tape (pretty experimental stuff, aye?) and another piece made out of silicon and bullets. A work entitled "Aiming at You I saw Me But It Was Too Late This Time" has Pitt depicting a shooting.

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Meanwhile, Cave, who studied painting at the Caulfield Institute of Technology, did a collection of his own ceramic sculptures with a heavy emphasis on symbolism. He got some help from London artist Corin Johnson, as well. The works portray the "Life of the Devil." Make of that what you will. Cave, the museum pointed out, looked at everything “from innocence through experience into confrontation of our mortality.” That's Nick Cave for you, folks.

As for Houseago, his works, such as "Vision Painting II – Soul Visit – Dead Self & Before Birth" and "Psychedelic Construction Masks," depict the correlation between ego, death, and creation.

The Thomas Houseago—WE with Nick Cave and Brad Pitt exhibit will be open to the public until January 15, 2023 at the Sara Hildén Art Museum in Tampere, Finland.

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