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March 25th – June 26th 2016    |    Discover the website I AM HERE of the exhibition   |   Press kit
The Staatliche Kunsthalle of Karlsruhe, the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh and the museum of Fine Arts of Lyon established a partnership in 2011. The first exhibition to be created within this frame is on the theme of self-portraits and it will open in Lyon in spring of 2016.

The exhibition contains over 130 works from three major European museums, from the Renaissance period up to the 21st century, including paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, photographs and videos. A specific genre in itself, self-portraits contain much information about their creators as well as their historical and social environment. At a time when selfies have become a true societal phenomenon, one that characterizes the digital era, the study of the traditions and usage of selfportraits is more pertinent than it has ever been. The exhibition offers a major chance to study the practice of self-portraits by artists in various forms that will be exhibited in seven sections
- The artist's gaze,
- the artist as a nobleman,
- the artist at work,
- the artist and his circle,
- role-play,
- the artist in his time,
- and the artist's body

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The exhibition is completed by the interactive media artwork Flick_EU / FLICK_EU Mirror, designed by our cooperation partner ZKM / Karlsruhe, inviting visitors to reflect on their own image. Autoportraits, from Rembrandt to the selfie is exhibited at the Staatliche Kunsthalle in Karlsruhe until January 31st 2016, in Lyon from March 25th to June 26th 2016, and at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh from July 16th to October 16th 2016. The exhibition is sponsored by the European Union within the framework of the Creative Europe program which is coordinated by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission. Website of the common project and the exhibition: www.i-am-here.eu


The visitors and their self-portraits


In parallel to the exhibition, several activities have been developed that purposefully involve the audience in the project. Particularly noteworthy is the ZKM’s digital installation which encourages visitors to take their portraits before leaving the exhibition. Their snapshots are then selected through an automatic scanning process and assembled to form a huge portrait of exhibition-goers. This project also allows visitors to participate in the exhibition long after their visit, by getting involved online and via social Networks.


Me, myself and I


Designed specifically for school groups aged 11 and up, this guide is on offer during the exhibition’s entire run. It was developed in cooperation with the ZKM and includes a visit to the art-appreciation room, where works produced in workshops are on show. Please note: educators must give notice of their planned school-group visit in advance.


On 14 and 15 May 2016 workshops will be held at the museum, conceived and led by artists from all three partner countries. The participants (ages 14 to 18) will be selected by teachers in response to a selfie competition launched on social networks. The works produced in these workshops will then go on display in the art-appreciation room.


On Friday afternoons and during the school holidays, a range of special workshops and tours is on offer, allowing younger visitors to experience the exhibition through playful activities.


Curators

For the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon
Sylvie Ramond, Conservator in chief, Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Lyon
Stéphane Paccoud, Chief Curator, Nineteenth Century Paintings and Sculptures
Ludmila Virassamynaïken,Curator, Old Masters Paintings and Sculptures

For the Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe
Prof. Dr. Pia Müller-Tamm, Director
Dr. Alexander Eiling, curator
Dr. Dorit Schäfer, Curator, Drawings and Prints

For the National Galleries of Scotland
Michael Clarke, Director General
Imogen Gibbon, curator


Me, myself and I

Designed specifically for school groups aged 11 and up, this guide is on offer during the exhibition’s entire run. It was developed in cooperation with the ZKM and includes a visit to the art-appreciation room, where works produced in workshops are on show. Please note: educators must give notice of their planned school-group visit in advance.

On 14 and 15 May 2016 workshops will be held at the Kunsthalle, conceived and led by artists from all three partner countries. The participants (ages 14 to 18) will be selected by teachers in response to a selfie competition launched on social networks. The works produced in these workshops will then go on display in the art-appreciation room.

On Friday afternoons and during the school holidays, a range of special workshops and tours is on offer, allowing younger visitors to experience the exhibition through playful activities.


Selfies

Companion Exhibition to "I am here!" Junge Kunsthalle

Self-awareness and self-representation carry great importance in the lives of children and those coming of age. How do our young visitors perceive and represent themselves? Within this process, what roles do age, sex, ancestry, and fashion play? What impact do our social networks have on the configuration of the self?

Accompanying the six centuries of artistic self-portraits on display in the main building, the exhibition in the “Junge Kunsthalle” seeks to encourage reflection on today’s forms of self-presentation in digital media. It features various activities involving perception, designed to support the development of identity in youth through experimentation with various creative and imaginative aesthetic styles.