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Biography of Gilbert & George

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Gilbert, b. 1943, San Martino, Dolomites, Italy - George, b. 1942, Devon, England

1967
George Passmore and Gilbert Proesch meet at Saint Martin's School of Art in London, which they both entered interested in some professors, such as Anthony Caro and Philip King. George has previously studied at the Dartington Hall Adult Education Centre, Dartington College of Arts, and Oxford School of Art.
Gilbert has studied at the Kunstschule Wolkenstein, Germany; Kunstschule Hallein, Austria; and Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich
1968
Present the exhibitions Christmas Show, at Robert Fraser Gallery in London, and Three Works/Three Works, at Frank's Sandwich Bar in London.Move to a house in Spitalfields, a working-class neighborhood in London. They call the house “Art for All” and declare themselves “living sculptures.”
1969
Stage the performance Reading from a Stick at the Geffrye Museum in London. Excluded from the Conceptual art exhibition When Attitude Becomes Format the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, but stage one of their “living sculptures” during the opening.
The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam presents an exhibition of their work.
1970
Konrad Fischer Galerie in Düsseldorf shows their work.
1971
Create their first photo-pieces.
Exhibit the series The Paintings at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.
1972
Take part in Documenta 5 in Kassel, Germany.
The Paintings are exhibited at the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp. Exhibit at Anthony d'Offay Gallery in London.
1974
Begin to feature the color red in their photo-pieces, first using it in the Cherry Blossom series. In the early 1980s, they will begin to include other colors, such as green and yellow.
1975
Exhibit at the Art Agency in Tokyo.
1977
Participate in Documenta 6 in Kassel, Germany.
1978
Participate in the XXXVIII Biennale di Venezia.
1980
The Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, organizes a retrospective of their work. The exhibition later travels to the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf; Kunsthalle Bern; Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris; and Whitechapel Art Gallery in London.
1981
Participate in the XVI Bienal de São Paulo.
1982
Participate in Documenta 7 in Kassel, Germany.
1984
The Baltimore Museum of Art presents an exhibition of their work that later travels to other museums in the United States, including the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.
Nominated for the inaugural Turner Prize. Participate in the Fifth Biennale of Sydney.
1986
Win the Turner Prize.
A retrospective exhibition opens at CAPC, Musée d'Art Contemporain de Bordeaux and later travels to the Kunsthalle Basel, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Palacio de Velázquez in Madrid, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus in Munich, and Hayward Gallery in London.
1989
Organize a show at Anthony d'Offay Gallery in London for CRUSAID, an organization dedicated to helping people affected by HIV and AIDS.
Create the Cosmological Pictures series, which is displayed at the Sonnabend Gallery in New York. The New Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow presents an exhibition of their work.
1991
The exhibition Cosmological Pictures opens at the Palac Sztuki in Kraków and travels over the next two years to several European cities, including Rome, Vienna, Budapest, Dublin, Liverpool, and Barcelona, ending at the Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart.
1992
Gilbert & George: New Democratic Pictures is displayed at the Aarhus Kunstmuseum in Aarhus, Denmark.
1993
Their work is shown at the National Art Gallery in Beijing and the Art Museum in Shanghai.
1994
The Museo d'Arte Moderna in Lugano, Switzerland, presents an exhibition of their work.
1995
The exhibition Singing Sculpture is shown at CAPC, Musée d'Art Contemporain de Bordeaux.
1996
The Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Bologna and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam mount exhibitions of their work.
1997
Exhibitions are presented at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and the Sezon Museum of Art in Tokyo.
1999
The Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst in Oslo holds a retrospective of their work.
2000
The Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien in Vienna shows their work.
2002
The Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon mounts a solo show.
2005
Represent Great Britain at the 51st Biennale di Venezia.
2006
Participate in the XII Biennale Internazionale di Scultura di Carrara in Carrara, Italy, and in group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and Kunst- Werke Berlin.SONOFAGOD PICTURES: Was Jesus Heterosexual?, an exhibition of the artists' work, is presented at White Cube in London.
2007
Tate Modern in London holds an extensive retrospective of their work, Gilbert & George: Major Exhibition, which later travels to other museums in Europe and the United States, concluding at the Brooklyn Museum in New York in January 2009.
2008
Gilbert & George's work is featured in the exhibition History in the Making: A Retrospective of the Turner Prize at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo.
2009
Their work is included in the group exhibition The Fallen Angels II at the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo.
2010
The retrospective exhibition opened in 2007 at the Tate Modern in London travels to the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo in Málaga, Spain; to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, Croatia; and to the Palais des Beaux-Arts/Paleis voor Schone Kunsten in Brussels. Their work is also shown at the DOX - Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague, and Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands.
2011
The White Cube gallery in London inaugurates the exhibition Gilbert & George: The Urethra Postcard Art of Gilbert & George, which later travels to the ARNDT in Berlin. The Deichtorhallen Hamburg in Hamburg, Germany, and the Robert Miller Gallery in New York host an exhibition each of the their works. Publish The Complete Postcard Art of Gilbert & George, with an essay by Michael Bracewell.
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