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Tikanoja Art Museum, Vaasa

I am not I – Famous and Forgotten Portraits


The exhibition “I am not I – Famous and Forgotten Portraits” approaches portraiture through questions about cherishing memories, strengthening power and creating identities. It pushes the visitor to ask, why and to whom is a portrait done. In times of an overload of visual material and selfies, questions like this are also current. What are we revealing about ourselves in our pictures and how does that influence how others view us?

The exhibition displays a versatile and high quality retrospect of Finnish and European art history. The exhibition features art works from almost fifty artists all the way from the 16th century to the present day, including Lucas Cranach the Elder, Albert Edelfelt and Helene Schjerfbeck. The sitters include leaders, artists, politicians as well as ordinary citizens. Furthermore, the exhibition displays portraits in which the sitter’s identity has been forgotten.

The exhibition also displays portrait miniatures from the Karl Hedman Collection.

The exhibition is produced by Sinebrychoff Art Museum and curated by Kirsi Eskelinen and Reetta Kuojärvi-Närhi.