Combi 2 Exhibitions: Faces then & Faces now. A face-to-face between Renaissance painting in the Netherlands and Contemporary Photography.
FACES THEN is an exhibition of 50 portraits from the Renaissance by masters such as Quentin Metsys, Joos van Cleve and Joachim Beuckelaer. They immortalised their contemporaries in astonishingly deft and extremely detailed, almost photorealistic paintings. These portraits were painted in the main centres of the Netherlands and often had a different role to play. At the time, we had maybe one chance in life to realize his portrait, "says Koenraad Jonckheere, co-curator of the exhibition Faces Then. Hard to imagine today, as hundreds of thousands of photographs are taken every day and disseminated the next moment on the web, the place that could occupy the portrait in the sixteenth century. "Initially, the portraits were reserved for kings and rulers and the highest members of the nobility. Then the circle has expanded to wealthy citizens and, during the sixteenth century, to a larger urban elite who took the nobility model. But anyway, to realize his portrait, he had to have a lot of money. The accessories used in the table used to confirm the identity but also the status and wealth of the person represented. "
FACES NOW is an exhibition of European Portrait Photography since 1990. Ever since the invention of photography portraits have become commonplace. In the 1990s photographers rediscovered the portraiture genre they have used photography to question the identity and place of the individual in the digitalised and globalised world. What do the face, pose, clothing and backdrop tell us about the person portrayed? The exhibitions showcases artists such as Anton Corbijn, Rineke Dijkstra, Thomas Ruff, Christian Courrèges or Thomas Struth. Frits Gietsberg, curator of the exhibition states: "FACES NOW takes the fall of the Berlin wall as starting point, the point at which a new Europa came into being and when the question about identity, which is so fundamental with regard to the portrait, became very topical again. This was exactly the moment when portrait photography in Europe started to renew itself."
The exhibition hopes to attract different audiences together: people that come for the old paintings and the ones that prefer contemporary art.
From 06/02 to 17/05/2015
Standard rate: 14,00 €
Free access: children under 6
Centre for Fine Arts
Rue Ravenstein 23
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