The acclaimed duo – long-time partners, they consider themselves one artist, “living sculptures” – appeared in trademark tweed suits and matching ties to make the announcement in a video released on Thursday.
“We would like to personally invite you to view our major art exhibition at the wonderful MONA museum, in Hobart, Tasmania,” they said.
“Our pictures deal with the great universals: death, hope, life, fear, sex, money, race and religion. Seeing is believing. See it for yourself.”
Sculpture students at St Martin’s School of Art when they first met in 1967, the two reacted to the elitism of the contemporary art world and established a slogan – “Art for All”. Their eccentricities are renown: their house, in the Spitafields neighbourhood of London, is frequently described as “immaculate” and befitting their natty suits and George’s horn-rimmed spectacles, they bucked with the expected liberalism of contemporary art by declaring themselves Conservatives and are rarely, if ever, seen without the other.
The MONA exhibition will feature 100 works, curated by the museum’s directors of exhibitions Nicole Durling and Olivier Varenne, under the direction of Gilbert & George. It runs from November 28.