Me: Self-Portraits Through Time
How do you see yourself? How would you like others to see you? The self-portraits of artists offer glimpses into the innermost side of their makers. The works show artists who are noble and proud, but also plenty of humour and self-irony.
Kunsthalle Helsinki’s summertime exhibition shows nearly 200 self-portraits from the end of the 19th century until present day. Among these, there are realistic replicas, eyes peeking from the corner of a mirror, and grotesque role play.
Like the selfies of our time, artist self-portraits have always served the purpose of self-optimisation: many self-portraits look back at us as an embodiment of the mythical artist, as a rare breed above the everyday. Others show an artist with less idealism, with even a gritty intimacy.
The exhibition includes paintings, photography, video, and sculpture works from numerous Finnish artists, e.g. Ellen Thesleff, Tyko Sallinen, Sulho Sipilä, Otto Mäkilä, Rauha Mäkilä, Stiina Saaristo, Pauliina Turakka Purhonen, Iiu Susiraja and Esko Männikkö.
Tue, Thu, Fri 11–18
€12 / €8
Under 18s – no charge