<< Back

Me: Self-Portraits Through Time

Kunsthalle Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, 27 May – 6 August 2017

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 nearly 200 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 nearly a hundred Finnish artists.

Kunsthalle Helsinki

Timo Valjakka, “Taidehallin kesänäyttely tuo katsojan eteen harvinaisia omakuvalöytöjä”, Helsingin Sanomat, 10.6.2017