Inside “Pierre et Gilles, Idols Factory”

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Pierre the photographer and Gilles the painters met at a party in 1976. Since then, this artist duo portraits musicians. This exhibit explores their universe via their relationship to music. Here is a look at “Pierre et Gilles, Idols Factory”


  • Idols Factory

Pierre and Gilles have been collaborated with young artists and international stars, from pop to hard rock, for more than forty years.

Madonna, 1995
Loving you, hommage a Michael Jackson, 2017

Inspired by the artist’s background and song lyrics, each representation tells a story.

Hence, I discovered that Kylie Minogue portrayed as St Mary Mackillop (1842-1909), Australia’s first Saint [Mary rode her country founding numerous schools and orphanages].

Sainte Mary Mackillop, Kylie Minogue, 1995
  • Let it swing

This universe is a colorful mix of reality and fantasy. Pierre is taking the picture while Gilles embellishes it. Embark for a poetic stroll listening to songs associated with each portrait. I particularly enjoyed French music from the 80s and 90s. It was a delightful throwback to my younger years 😉

Le lancement du disque, Francoise Hardy, 1979


Le petit roi, Eddy de Pretto,2018




Altar of music

This altar of music is inspired by Pierre and Gilles’ art studio. Their imaginary world includes a television displaying video clips from the ’80s as well as numerous musicians’ relics like figurines and autographs.



Many musicians are represented as biblical figures. Inspired by their Catholic culture from childhood, Pierre and Gilles’ models are turned into icons.

Extase, Arielle Dombasle, 2002


Plan your visit

  • Exhibit on view from November 20th, 2019 to February 23th, 2020
  • Location: Cité de la musique – Philharmonie de Paris, 221 avenue Jean-Jaurès 75019 Paris.
  • Hours: 12pm-6pm Tuesday-Friday,  10am-8pm Saturday, 10am-6pm Sunday. Closed on Monday.
  • Admission: 9 euros
  • Duration: I spent 2 hours to discover it.
  • Parking on-site (expensive) or street parking
  • More information available at



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2 thoughts on “Inside “Pierre et Gilles, Idols Factory”

    1. Thank you very much Yan!

      I agree, with forty years of French and international musics, from pop to hard rock, this exhibition will please numerous generation of people. Pierre and Gilles’s universe is a colorful mix of reality, icons and fantasy. A must see!



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