Fine Arts Museum of Lyon: From Rembrandt's Self-portraits to the Selfie
The Museum of Fine Arts in Lyon has partnered with two major European institutions- the Staatliche Kunsthalle in Karlsruhe, Germany, and the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh, UK, to design an exhibition around the theme of the self-portrait.
Drawing on the collections of the three partner museums, the expo brings together nearly 150 works - paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, videos, all the way to the selfies of Ai Weiwei - from the Renaissance to the 21st century, and presents a history of this artistic genre.
Rather than following a chronological thread, the exhibition examines methods of self-representation by trying to develop a typology and highlighting the specific questions asked by artists as visitors are guided through the different sections.
The self-portrait actually takes a number of diverse forms: the artist alone in a narrow shot, at work, in a circle of family and friends, or the artist in a shot that itself plays a role— including his own image in a composition or using it to allude to something more in a still life.
Beyond the stylistic aspects of a particular era, each work reflects all the personality of its author and the historical and social context in which it operates. At a time when the selfie has become a phenomenon
characteristic of the digital-age society, questioning the tradition of the self-portrait seems more relevant than ever.
The exhibition is complemented by two interactive digital works inviting the public to reflect on its own images, Flick_EU and Flick_EU Mirror, designed by the Art and Media Technology Center in Karlsruhe (ZKM). Self-portraits: From Rembrandt to the selfie
was presented at the Staatliche Kunsthalle in Karlsruhe from October 31, 2015 to January 31, 2016. After its stop in Lyon, the exhibition will move to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh from July 16 to October 16, 2016.
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon
20 Place des Terreaux
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