Provocative and iconic artistic duo Gilbert & George are currently exhibiting their first major Irish show in more than two decades, entitled Scapegoating Pictures, at the MAC, Belfast.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Gilbert & George’s first meeting at London's St. Martin’s School of Art in 1967, and the duo's identification of themselves as ‘Living Sculptures’, two people as one Turner Prize winning artist.
The ‘Scapegoating Pictures’ opens with a bold statement of intent from veteran provocateurs G&G: "We want our Art to bring out the Bigot from inside the Liberal and conversely to bring out the Liberal from inside the Bigot."
The exhibition unflinchingly describes the volatile and mysterious reality of an increasingly technological, multi-faith and multi-cultural world.
As with much of their work, Gilbert & George themselves feature prominently in the series of 40 Scapegoating Pictures as shattered and spirit-like forms.
In their own inimitable fashion, they're inviting people to join them for afternoon tea and a chat about the show (in the company of Tim Marlow, Artistic Director of the Royal Academy) at Belfast's Victorian-era Merchant Hotel on April 11 - find out more here.
Gilbert & George: Scapegoating Pictures runs until 22 April 2018 in the Sunken, Tall and Upper Galleries at The MAC, Belfast.