Program 2016

Pierre et Gilles

France (1950 & 1953)

A la fenêtre & Dans le port du Havre


For the last 40 years, Pierre et Gilles have imposed their unique visual aesthetics. Their colourful portraits and elaborate sets transport visitors into a dreamlike fantasy world that combines pop culture, burlesque and eroticism. The two artists draw their inspiration in religious imagery, Bollywood cinema, the world of childhood and gay iconography. They have also made their mark on popular culture by designing record covers for 1980s pop stars, including Boy George, Nina Hagen and Etienne Daho. Designed for cult band Mikado, A la fenêtre refers to the pair’s contribution to music, while Dans le port du Havre depicts a young sailor immersed in murky water. Two images are exhibited on monumental canvas sheets, Dans le port du Havre on Vevey’s former prison, which refers directly to the theme of immersion, and A la fenêtre on the façade of the Hôtel des Trois Couronnes, as a tribute to Montreux Jazz Festival’s 50-year anniversary section.

Original scenography by Festival Images Vevey
The installation A la fenêtre is produced with the support of the Hôtel des Trois Couronnes.

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