Me: Self-portraits Through Time

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"How do you see yourself? How would you like others to see you? The self-portraits of artists offer glimpses into the innermost side of their makers. The works show artists who are noble and proud, but also plenty of humour and self-irony.

Kunsthalle Helsinki’s summertime exhibition shows more than 160 self-portraits from the end of the 19th century until present day. Among these, there are realistic replicas, eyes peeking from the corner of a mirror, and grotesque role play.

Like the selfies of our time, artist self-portraits have always served the purpose of self-optimisation: many self-portraits look back at us as an embodiment of the mythical artist, as a rare breed above the everyday. Others show an artist with less idealism, with even a gritty intimacy.

The exhibition includes paintings, photography, video, and sculpture works from more than a hundred Finnish artists."
Translated title of the contributionMe: Self-portraits Through Time
Original languageFinnish
PublisherHelsingin Taidehalli
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2017
MoE publication typeF2 Public partial realisation of a work of art
EventMinä: Omakuva ajassa – Me: Self-Portraits Through Time - Helsingin Taidehalli, Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 27 May 20176 Aug 2017


  • Contemporary Art
  • Art History
  • Kunsthalle Helsinki
  • Taidehalli
  • Photography Art

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