Frieze Masters x NPG:
Gilbert & George in conversation with Dr Nicholas Cullinan

Two older men in suits stand in front of elaborate green gates
Gilbert & George at the gates to The Gilbert & George Centre © Gilbert & George. Photo © Prudence Cuming

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13 October 2023, 19.30-20.30

The Ondaatje Wing Theatre / Online livestream

Onsite £15 (£12 Members / concessions)
Online £8 (£6 Members / concessions)

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Join Gilbert & George in conversation with Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, as part of the Frieze Masters Talks Programme, to discuss over 50 years of creating art, the opening of the Gilbert & George Centre and their plans for the future.

For Gilbert & George, icons of modernism in classic suits, ‘our whole life is one big sculpture’. Implicit in their philosophy is the idea that personal investment is a necessary condition of art, and their monumental commitment to ‘living sculpture’ has endured for over five decades. As the starring characters of their art, theirs is a perpetually growing body of art corroborated by every public appearance and statement. ‘Our subject matter is the world,’ they say, and their wide filter enables them to address shifting social mores around sex, identity, religion, violence, prejudice, addiction and death, and to challenge the tastes and conventions of contemporary art.

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This event will take place at the National Portrait Gallery and will also be livestreamed to watch online. Select 'Book now' to buy tickets either to attend in person or to watch the livestream online.

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The talk will be audio recorded and released at a later date on the Frieze Masters Podcast, kindly supported by dunhill.

Two older men in suits stand in front of elaborate green gates
Gilbert & George at the gates to The Gilbert & George Centre © Gilbert & George. Photo © Prudence Cuming

Gilbert & George live and work in London. Recent solo exhibitions include their Auckland Art Gallery Toio Tāmaki, New Zealand (2022), and their touring retrospective exhibition at Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2021), Kunsthalle Zurich, Switzerland (2020), Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2019), Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo (2019), and LUMA, Arles, France (2018), as well as solo exhibitions at Casa Rusca Museum, Locarno (2020); Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2019); Helsinki Art Museum, Finland (2018). Since 1967 when they met, Gilbert & George have made over 100 museum exhibitions. In spring 2023, the Gilbert & George Centre in East London, opened to the public.

Black and white photo of a man seated with his hands clasped in front of him
Nicholas Cullinan © Zoe Law

Dr Nicholas Cullinan took up his position as the Director of the National Portrait Gallery in spring 2015 and has most recently overseen the largest transformation of the Gallery since its building opened in 1896. Prior to this, he was Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and from 2007 to 2013, Nicholas was Curator of International Modern Art at Tate Modern, where, in 2014, he co-curated an exhibition of Henri Matisse's cut-outs with Sir Nicholas Serota, which remains the most popular exhibition in Tate’s history. Nicholas received his BA, MA and PhD in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and in 2006–7 he held the Hilla Rebay International Fellowship at the Guggenheim museums in Bilbao, New York and Venice.