Louisiana’s big Autumn exhibition is entitled Self-Portrait and focuses on the self-portrait as genre throughout the 20th and 21st century.
150 works by 64 international artists from early modernism till today raise questions, in terms of how does one represent oneself?, exploring the connections between self-portraiture and self-representation. Can a self-portrait be an objective, neutral representation?, or should it depict the complex mind, personality and life-conditions of the artist? Can a self-portrait at all portray a person’s composite identity?
The self-portrait is a classic, well-tried but also intense and almost raw-skinned genre that has involved a wide range of idioms throughout the history of art.
The exhibition tells the story of the transformations of self-portrayal over time, during which the genre of the self-portrait has undergone radical developments, and often it results not only in images of the artist’s idea of his or her own identity, but just as much in partial images of our time, of how we see ourselves in general.
The exhibition runs until January 13th.