Look at Me!

Curator's Tour

December 7, 2017

Join us for a guided tour of the Look at Me!: Portraits and Other Fictions from the ”la Caixa” Contemporary Art Collection exhibition with the curator Nimfa Bisbe Molin. The tour will offer a unique insight to the works of the exhibition.

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.

Nimfa Bisbe Molin
Nimfa Bisbe holds a degree in art history from the University of Barcelona (Spain) and a master in art history and museology from the University of Delaware (USA). In 1990 she joined the ”la Caixa” Foundation as a chief curator of the contemporary art collection. In 2002, she assumed the direction of the  “la Caixa” Contemporary Art Collection and has since been in charge of acquisitions, exhibitions and publications. She has made the collection known by conducting different projects and curating numerous exhibitions in Spain and overseas. Her curatorial work also involved solo shows and specific projects on artists such as Omer Fast, Tony Oursler, Bestué and Vives, Botto & Bruno, Jeppe Hein, Pierre Huyghe, Nicolas Paris, and Soledad Sevilla at CaixaForum Barcelona.
 
The tour will be in English with consecutive Turkish translation.
 
Free of admissions, places are limited.
Please email resepsiyon@peramuzesi.org.tr to book your place. 

Look At Me!

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

Look At Me!

Baby King

Baby King

1638, the year Louis XIV was born –his second name, Dieudonné, alluding to his God-given status– saw the diffusion of a cult of maternity encouraged by the very devout Anne of Austria, in thanks for the miracle by which she had given birth to an heir to the French throne. Simon François de Tours (1606-1671) painted the Queen in the guise of the Virgin Mary, and the young Louis XIV as the infant Jesus, in the allegorical portrait now in the Bishop’s Palace at Sens.

Game of Mangala

Game of Mangala

Three figures in Eastern dress are shown in repose against an exotic landscape, smoking pipes and playing mangala. Inventories of the royal collections from 1739 identify the members of this group as the royal eunuch Matthias and two odalisques. 

Medicinal Herbs in Byzantium

Medicinal Herbs in Byzantium

Knowledge of plants and the practice of healing are closely entwined. The toxic or hallucinogenic nature of some roots, and the dangers associated with picking them, conferred a mythical or magical character and power.