Emotion on Stage


The exhibition Look at Me! Portraits and Other Fictions from the ”la Caixa” Contemporary Art Collection examines portraiture, one of the oldest artistic genres, through a significant number of works of our times. Paintings, photographs, sculptures and videos shape a labyrinth of gazes that invite spectators to reflect themselves in the social mirror of portraits.

Through the exhibition we will be sharing about the artists and sections in “Look At Me!”. “Emotion on Stage” is the first section and it consists the artists: Rineke Dijkstra, Marlene Dumas, Esther Ferrer, Günther Förg and Carlos Pazos. Stay tuned!


As the saying goes, the face is the mirror of the soul, where our most intimate thoughts can be read and our emotions are reflected, whether they be genuine or feigned, spontaneous or controlled. Over the course of history, artists have classified them, to the extent that all emotions now have specific depictions. Photography and video have marked a change in the experience of portrait, replacing the interest in introspection with the fascination produced by the image itself as an artifice of human expression. Similarly, everyday life nowadays prompts us to adopt different social roles and encourages simulacrum, and has led artists like Roni Horn and Esther Ferrer to evoke a repertoire of emotions on one and the same face as a metaphor of the multiple identities of the contemporary subjects.


Our Look at Me! Portraits and Other Fictions in The ”la Caixa” Contemporary Art Collection exhibition can be visited until March 4! During the exhibition we will be sharing more about the artists and sections at the exhibition. Stay tuned!


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