Exhibition | I Am Here! Self-Portraits

Posted in books, catalogues, exhibitions by Editor on March 27, 2016

Now on view at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon:

I Am Here! / Autoportraits: De Rembrandt du Selfie / Facing the World
Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, 31 October 2015 — 31 January 2016
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, 26 March — 26 June 2016
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, 16 July — 16 October 2016

Curated by Dorit Schäfer, Stéphane Paccoud, and Imogen Gibbon

Joseph Vivien, Self-portrait with Palette, 1715–20

Joseph Vivien, Self-portrait with Palette, 1715–20

The Staatliche Kunsthalle of Karlsruhe, the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh, and the Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon established a partnership in 2011. The first exhibition to be created within this frame is on the theme of self-portraits and it will open in Lyon in spring of 2016.

The exhibition contains over 130 works from three major European museums, from the Renaissance period up to the 21st century, including paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, photographs and videos. A specific genre in itself, self-portraits contain much information about their creators as well as their historical and social environment. At a time when selfies have become a true societal phenomenon, one that characterizes the digital era, the study of the traditions and usage of self portraits is more pertinent than it has ever been.

The exhibition offers a major chance to study the practice of self-portraits by artists in various forms that will be exhibited in seven sections
• The artist’s gaze
• the artist as a nobleman
• the artist at work
• the artist and his circle
• role-play
• the artist in his time
• the artist’s body

9783864421389Ich Bien Hier! Von Rembrandt zum Selfie (Cologne: Snoeck, 2016), 284 pages, ISBN: 978-3864421389. French and English editions will also be available.

Staatliche Kunsthalle de Karlsruhe
Pia Müller-Tamm, Director
Alexander Eiling, Curator
Dorit Schäfer, Curator, Drawings and Prints

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon
Stéphane Paccoud, Chief Curator, Nineteenth-Century Paintings and Sculptures
Ludmila Virassamynaïken, Curator, Old Masters Paintings and Sculptures

National Galleries of Scotland
Michael Clarke, Director General
Imogen Gibbon, Curator

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