Self, on public display at Ordovas from 14 October until 13 December 2014, will look at the interpretations of self-portraiture of four of the greatest artists of the 20th century, spanning the modern and contemporary eras. The exhibition will trace the development of the self-portrait from the early modernism of Pablo Picasso to the angst-ridden essence captured by Francis Bacon, from the proselytising Jeff Koons to the sardonic darkness of Damien Hirst. Since the first hand print was left on the side of a cave, the making of images has been intrinsically bound up with self-portraiture and its concerns of self-presentation and self-preservation. During the sea changes that took place in the art world in the 20th century, this timeless human activity was thoroughly re-examined. Photography, mass media and existentialism would all come to have an impact on the way that artists as diverse as Picasso and Hirst captured their own image.
14 October - 13 December 2014