Your Way to Florence. MOI! Self-portraits of the XX century
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  MOI! Self-portraits of the XX century 

Galleria degli Uffizi (Piazza della Signoria)
September 18th, 2004 - January 9nd, 2005
Inaugurated on September 17, 2004 in the Galleria degli Uffizi, the exhibition offers the visitor an extremely vast and elastic panorama of the production of artists who, internationally and in the course of the XX century, marked the most varied artistic expressions.
In the study of the self by means of their own self-portraits, they have left traces of the problems that tie history to sociology, psychoanalytic studies to the unrest and interrogatives that traversed the century.
From the exhibition’s first showing in Paris at the Musée du Luxembourg, this past spring, its author and curator Pascal Bonafoux conceived an itinerary free of classificatory rigidity, in his own words “humbly” selecting the artists’ different ways of representing themselves. A study itinerary, rich in interrogatives:self-portraits observed from outside, their genesis explored:by contrast or by comparison in order to evidence resemblance, mask and variation of expression, the sign of history, or the use of metamorphosis.
Even through a simple signature, anywhere, the artist’s gaze, his body, though drifting off into vanity is easy, as the mirror and photography show.
To name only a few of the artists’ portraits or concepts of self on show, a hodgepodge selection of the works include: Magritte, Duchamp, Fontana, De Chirico, Arman, Brancusi, Beuys and Vasarely, as well as Morandi, Chagall, Warhol, Schiele, and Suzanne Valadon and Kathe Kollwitz, to name the always smaller female presence.
The exhibition is held in twelve rooms of the Vasari complex which will soon be restored as part of the project to enlarge and reorganise the museum.Like a double thread of Ariadne, the layout leads both the visitor and the artist, who illustrates and observes at the same time.An unending invitation to exchange roles.
The exhibition is exemplified by Keith Haring’s large figure, an enormous, green profile that conveys hope to an ironical world reduced to the essential.
Lenders include numerous foreign museums, private collections and, of course, many pieces from the Uffizi collection.
Opening Hours
Tuesday – Sunday, 8:15 am – 6:50 pm
Ticket office closes at 6:05 pm
Mondays, December 25 and January 1
Ticket prices
Full rate €. 9,50 Concession €. 4,75


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