Facing the World: Self-Portraits from Rembrandt to Ai Weiwei

Exploring the images artists have created to represent themselves.

In the age of the selfie, Facebook and Instagram, people – including artists – are arguably more preoccupied with how they present themselves to the world than ever before. Ai Weiwei is a case in point, using his own forms of online self-surveillance to comment on the Chinese authority’s relentless monitoring of his day-to-day life, and beginning an internet craze for his ‘leg-gun’ pose a few years ago.

Spanning six centuries, this exhibition investigates the range of ways artists have chosen to represent the self. It includes Ai’s online profiles, as well as works by Tracey Emin and Marina Abramovic and more conventional painted self-representations by Max Beckmann, Gustave Coubet, Ludwig Kirchner, Henri Matisse and Rembrandt.


Venue details

Scottish National Portrait Gallery 1 Queen Street Edinburgh EH2 1JD 0131 624 6200 www.nationalgalleries.org

Entry details

£4.50 with National Art Pass (standard entry £9)

Daily, 10am – 5pm (Thu until 7pm)

Closed 25 – 26 Dec