The exhibition Mirror – The Reflected Self (Spiegel – Der Mensch im Widerschein) at Museum Rietberg in Zürich (Switzerland) presents a comprehensive history of the mirror reaching back thousands of years. Curated by Albert Lutz the exhibition features artworks from museums and collections around the world, the show addresses themes such as self-awareness, vanity and wisdom, beauty, mysticism and magic, and, last but not least, the latest mirror craze in the form of the selfie.
The exhibition runs until September 22, 2019. It provides a walk through the history of the mirror from obsidian mirrors produced over seven thousand years ago and made of a dark, glasslike volcanic rock to the mostly aluminum coated mirrors of today. It shows works by artists that use the mirror as motif or material such as Fernand Léger, Roy Lichtenstein, Monir Farmanfarmaian, Gerhard Richter, Salvador Dali, Michelangelo Pistoletto, and Silvie Fleury.
Mirror – The Reflected Self / Museum Rietberg, Zürich (Switzerland), July 2, 2019.
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