martes, 25 de febrero de 2014


From 19 February to 11 May 2014, the Städel Museum will present selected portraits and self-portraits by modern artists in the exhibition "Vis-à-vis. Portraits in the Department of Prints and Drawings”, comprising some 100 works from the holdings of the graphic arts collection. Encompassing drawings, prints and photographs, the ensemble to be placed on view will be presented for the most part in chronological order. Temporally it will range from an etched self-portrait of the late eighteenth century by the painter Francisco de Goya (1746–1828) to a portrait of the American composer Philip Glass, etched by his friend Chuck Close (b. 1940) in 1995. Well and lesser known artists – for example Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Edouard Manet, Vincent van Gogh, Edvard Munch, Käthe Kollwitz, Hans am Ende, Max Beckmann, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Albert Müller, Otto Pankok, Olaf Gulbransson, David Hockney, and Christian Boltanski – will be represented by works exploring a genre of major art-historical importance – the portrait – in fascinating and widely different ways.

"La imagen de espejo del auto o el rostro de otra persona vis-à-vis,, ha sido desafiante artistas durante siglos. Estamos encantados de tener la oportunidad que ofrece esta exposición para presentar una selección artística de gran atractivo de ejemplos de este tipo pictórico del Departamento del Museo Städel de Grabados y Dibujos, cuyas inversiones abarcan más de 100.000 obras ", comenta el director Städel Max Hollein.

"With their rigorous frontality, particularly en-face likenesses demand a one-on-one dialogue. And thus they refer their viewers to the original vis-à-vis, a situation in which an artist looks at and records the subject with all intensity. In the show, this fundamental constellation will accompany every query as to 'who depicted whom, why, and how?'” observes Jutta Schütt, the exhibition curator and head of the Department of Prints and Drawings after 1750.

Curator: Dr Jutta Schütt, head of the Department of Prints and Drawings after 1750

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