I am here!

From Rembrandt to the selfie

31 October 2015 – 31 January 2016 


The self-portrait occupies a core place in the history of European art. Ever since the Renaissance, and in some cases even earlier, artists have self-consciously created images of themselves. The exhibition I am here! From Rembrandt to the selfie presents an exciting selection of artistic self-images, in various media spanning six centuries, from Rembrandt to the selfie. The topic is more relevant than ever, as social media thrive on self-portraits and the continual presentation of self. The exhibition reflects the early self-assurance of the Renaissance artist, the magnificent spectacle of the self in the Baroque, the sentimental subjectivity in Romantic self-portraiture, the unsparing view of the self in modern art, and finally the obsessive questioning of the self in the era of photography and video.


The Exhibition especially reveals the shifting faces of French, British, and German art production, with the some 1oo featured works coming from three major European collections that complement each other brilliantly: Lyon’s Musée des Beaux-Arts, the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh, and the Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe. Held as part of the EU-funded project I Am Here: European Faces, the exhibition includes works by Palma Vecchio, Gustave Courbet, Anselm Feuerbach, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Henri Matisse, Max Beckmann, Andy Warhol, Marina Abramović, Tracey Emin. Launched in Karlsruhe, the show will later travel to Lyon and Edinburgh. For more details, visit: www.i-am-here.eu.


FLICK_EU harnesses the democratic promise of new media: all visitors are encouraged to make portraits of themselves and to present them in the museum and online. Parallel to the touring exhibition in Karlsruhe, Lyon, and Edinburgh a European portrait gallery will emerge and grow on the interactive platform FLICK_EU (www.i-am-here.eu).

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