Tiziano, Raffaello and Rubens But Also Yayoi Kusama and Cai Guoqiang for an Exhibition Dedicated to the Self-Portrait

Tiziano, Raffaello and Rubens But Also Yayoi Kusama and Cai Guoqiang for an Exhibition Dedicated to the Self-Portrait
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The theme of the self-portrait is key to the art history of all times. It doesn’t matter if, from the iconographic point of view, it means a sort of “photo” of illustrious characters or the transposition - through multiple individuals - of social-historic episodes or moments - the self-portrait has always been a source of curiosity. Often revealing a visible trace of an invisible interior world, the self-portrait is also a preferred means of getting to know well-known artists even better. For this exhibition, fifty self-portraits from various periods, from the Renaissance to the Baroque, while also touching Neo-Classicism and Romanticism, and right up to contemporary art, guide the public in the discovery of the psychology of great artists like Tiziano, Raffaello - present here with one of his most iconic works, the famed Self-Portrait of the young artist from 1508 - Rubens, Rembrandt, Chagall but also Yayoi Kusama with an ironic self-portrait with polka dots and Cai Guoqiang who, also in this case, uses gun powder as a througline to his artistic research. It all started with the celebration of the Year of Culture and Tourism between Italy and China, this exhibition born of a collaboration between Bund One Art Museum and the Uffizi Galleries, and proves to be the ideal opportunity to reconsider the value of the self-portrait as an artistic genre and as an instrument for examining the human soul.

Manuela Lietti - © 2022 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Shanghai