An common subject in painting, the representation of the human face has changed considerably since the Renaissance and went in new directions during the early twentieth century.
Many artists, from Picasso to Warhol, have explored the human face, a subject more à la mode than ever before. They often express unease and questioning (Bacon, Artaud), displacement and presence in absence. Furthermore, a lot of the works depict subjects faced with a sense of immense impossibility, almost verging on disappearing (Giacometti), as well as dreams, fantasies and the intense power of desire (Magritte, Ernst). Further pertinent themes expressed in these rich works include the mysteries of the unconscious and the passage through the looking glass.
The exhibition gives the public a panoramic view of the human face, starting with macrocosmic depictions of faces in crowds and outdoor spaces to faces in more private settings, then finally a more microcosmic view of the individual psyche. The exhibition is divided into three parts, three worlds, three spheres representing the individual.
This exhibition is part of Marseille’s cultural revival, following the success of Marseille Provence 2013, European Capital of Culture, which attracted over 6 million visitors. Showing in the Centre de la Vieille Charité, the heart of the historic Panier district, this exhibition promises to be the event of 2014.
Daily from 10 am to 6 pm
Closed on Mondays and 1st May