Antlitz / Countenance
04.11. – 15.12.2021
Slowly the pall that the pandemic has cast – not just over the art world, but our entire lives – is receding. Museums are beginning to welcome visitors in their exhibitions, international travel is slowly becoming possible and fairs are also starting
to take place “in real life” again. The pandemic visited many privations upon us, not least rendering the appreciation of art outside of the home difficult to impossible.
It is therefore my particular pleasure, thanks to a slight increase in planability over the last few weeks, to be able to present Antlitz / Countenance as a larger exhibition project in the gallery again.
The pandemic’s relentless virtualization of many aspects of human interaction has also highlighted for many not just how indispensable the physical experience of art is but even more importantly how crucial human contact and presence really is to
most of us. In other words, the limitations of the human exchanges that can occur in a video call became plain to see for all. This realization became the seed for the present exhibition. The presence of the model, the artist’s interaction with the
subjects is a primary if not primaeval theme throughout the history of art.
It is therefore our distinct pleasure to present in Antlitz / Countenance a number
of giants of the 20th Century that we are exhibiting for the first time in the gallery. This includes such fierce and fearsome portraitists as Pablo Picasso, Lucian Freud and Alberto Giacometti as well as Louise Bourgeois and Cindy Sherman whose
entire oeuvre arguably revolves around portraiture, specifically in the sense of how we project ourselves and are perceived by others.