Over three hundred works from the collection of the Center Pompidou in Paris and created from 1895 to today, highlight the many facets of the art of portraiture. Before portraits revealed the names of the artists who created them, they primarily served to identify the person they represented. Since 19th century, however, the artistic value of the portrait has not been judged on the basis of likeness or technical skill. In the photographic portraits of the German photographer August Sander, only the artists, opinion leaders and prominent personalities have kept their names. But everyone, unknown or celebrity, could be entitled to a portrait. Photography has provided the masses with what had previously been the privilege of a few. And more than ever, all the portraits were portraits of the society. The exhibition at West Bund Museum Mirrors of the Portrait unfolds in a thematic path divided into three sections: In color, Disfigure, Hats Off!.
Chinese people have a long tradition of presenting their wishes on calligraphy, painting, embroidery in various forms. The exhibition Festival in Yaochi: Celebration of Chinese Auspicious Culture displays a wide range of antiques from the ancient Ming and Qing Dynasties with patterns inspired by the theme of auspiciousness.
The exhibition brings together eighteen authentic treasures of Italian Renaissance art together with an equal number of ancient Chinese paintings. The works include Leonardo's oil painting La Scapiliata and eleven sheets of his manuscript Codex Atlanticus, as well as two precious sketches by Michelangelo.
Developing his compositions directly on the surface of each canvas, Jahmal brings imaginary, yet familiar scenes to life and explores themes that blend American dreams and folklore with contemporary realities of gentrification in cities.
The challenges of the future: technology, nature, happiness
At the beginning of 2024, a new exhibition, which showcases a selection of modern and contemporary paintings and sculptures from a private collection, offers insights into the ideas related to the works, revealing different views of people and nature.