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Exhibition Events

Flashback Preview and Screening of The World of Gilbert & George

The World of Gilbert & George, 1981 (film still)

The World of Gilbert & George, 1981 (film still)

The World of Gilbert & George, 1981 (film still)

Flashback Preview and Screening of The World of Gilbert & George (1981)

Thursday 8 October 2015 / 6-8.30pm / Free / All Welcome


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Join us for the launch of Flashback (8 October 2015 - 31 March 2017), a fascinating archival project exploring MK Gallery's rich exhibition history. At 7pm there will be a screening of The World of Gilbert & George, 1981 (69 minutes). 


Delivered online and in the MK Gallery Project Space, Flashback provides an opportunity to consider the wealth of international art that MK Gallery has presented in Milton Keynes to date, whilst its main building undergoes a striking renovation and expansion that will enable an even broader artistic programme from 2017 onwards.


To find out more about Flashback click here



The World of Gilbert & George (1981)

Dir. Gilbert & George / 69mins


"We are unhealthy, middle-aged, dirty-minded, depressed, cynical, empty, tired-brained, seedy, rotten, dreaming, badly behaved, ill-mannered, arrogant, intellectual, self-pitying, honest, successful, hard-working, thoughtful, artistic, religious, fascistic, blood-thirsty, teasing, destructive, ambitious, colorful, damned, stubborn, perverted and good. We are artists.” - Gilbert & George, 1981


Gilbert and George, two artists originally known best for their deadpan gallery performances, wanted to make a work of art on film. The result is an encyclopedic catalogue of their artistic imagery, including hothouse flowers, English hymnals, and a rare look at the artists in their carefully staged home setting. The startling and daunting contrasts between propriety and impropriety - the key attributes of these artists who are always well attired in identical suits - feature an England of decay with graffiti-covered walls, aimless young boys, and drunken men slouched on a street corner. Juxtaposed with this view are symbols and songs of the England revered by the artists, like the British flag rippling in the wind, a heroic statue, or a sprig of spring buds hanging from a branch. But the stars of the film are Gilbert and George themselves. Their stiff demeanor sharply contrasts with their outrageous behavior. Their black comedy and the powerful scenes and images make the film a truly memorable experience.

October 2015