Mirrors - The Reflected Self

May 17 - Sep 22 2019       Gablerstrasse 15
‘How do I look, what does my face tell me?’ Every day we rely on mirrors to inform us about how we look and how we feel. The mirror is a lifelong companion with whom we usually harbour an intimate, although at times self-forgotten and distant relationship. But what do we actually know about the mirror, its history and usage, and what do mirrors have to say about us?
This is the first time that an exhibition takes a global look at the cultural history of the mirror, stretching back thousands of years. Based on 220 artworks from 95 museums and collections worldwide, the eventful craft history and technological development of this reflective medium is revealed, along with its cultural and social significance across the ages. The exhibition looks at mirrors in their quality as artefacts but also address 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.



Open 10:00 - 17:00, Wed 10:00 - 20:00. Closed Mon. May 17 2019 - Sep 22 2019
Museum Rietberg
Gablerstrasse 15
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