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  • Till Freiwald - Lotta 2, 2008-2012. Courtesy Galerie Voss, Düsseldorf (D), Private Collection of Wayne and Catharine Reynolds, Washington, USA
  • Thomas Ruff - Portrait (Andrea Knobloch), 1990
  • Andy Warhol - Jacqueline, 1964
  • Lucian Freud - Man's head (Self Portrait 1), 1963. The Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester

The Other Portrait

Mart Rovereto
05 October 2013 / 12 January 2014
"The other portrait is at the same time the other within, hidden in the portrait, inaccessible to the portrait, and the other, different portrait that can no longer resemble one"
Jean-Luc Nancy
The Mart presents “The other portrait” exhibition to be held at the Mart Museum in Rovereto from 5th October 2013 to 12th January 2014, at the same time as and in parallel with the retrospective dedicated to Antonello da Messina.

he curator of “The other portrait” is the French philosopher, Jean-Luc Nancy, author of numerous texts on the arts in general and on single paintings, photographs and films.
The project developed by Nancy for the Mart follows the publication of Le regard du portrait (Galilée, 2000) which examines the sitter’s gaze, considered the essential element of a portrait, through which the subject creates a relationship with an infinity in which he loses himself: in an absolute ‘outside’, or the gaze of the observer.
That study focused essentially on classic and modern portraits.

At the Mart, on the other hand, it will explore contemporary portraiture, considered from the last decades of the 20th century and down to the present day. Through 45 works, selected as being exemplary of their type, the exhibition seeks to explore the vanishing and re-emergence of the portrait, and its transformations.


Featured artists:

Vito Acconci, Laurie Anderson, Francis Bacon, Miguel Barceló, Christian Boltanski, Elina Brotherus, Nancy Burson, Robert Cahen, Chuck Close, John Coplans, Daniela De Lorenzo, Marlene Dumas, Greta Frau, Till Freiwald, Lucian Freud, Alberto Giacometti, Douglas Gordon, Alex Katz, Bertrand Lavier, Mark Lewis, Paolo Meoni, Jorge Molder, Jacques Monory, Oscar Muñoz, Giulio Paolini, Claudio Parmiggiani, Jaume Plensa, Barbara Probst, Margot Quan Knight, Luca Rento, Gerhard Richter, Thomas Ruff, Thomas Schütte, Fiona Tan, Antoni Tàpies, Jeff Wall, Andy Warhol, Francesca Woodman, Shizuka Yokomizo


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Jean-Luc Nancy talks about the exhibition in this Youtube video (in french and italian)

Curated by Jean-Luc Nancy

antonello da messina

antonello da messina