Ken Currie, Unfamiliar Reflection, 2006
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 framework is on the theme of self-portraits and contains over 130 works from three major European museums, including paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, photographs and videos.
Ever since the Renaissance, and in some cases even earlier, artists have self-consciously created images of themselves. This exhibition presents an exciting selection of portraits, in various media spanning six centuries, from Rembrandt to Ai Weiwei’s instagram posts. The topic is more relevant than ever, as social media thrives on self-portraits and the continual presentation of self.
Artists represented in the exhibition include: Simon Vouet, Rembrandt, Hyacinthe Rigaud, David Wilkie, David Octavius Hill, Edvard Munch, Henri Matisse, Oskar Kokoschka, Andy Warhol, Marina Abramovich, Tracey Emin, John Coplans, Ken Currie and Alison Watt.