The Other Portrait is an exhibition held at the Mart Museum in Rovereto, Italy, from 5 October 2013 to 12 January 2014, at the same time as and in parallel with a retrospective dedicated to Antonello da Messina.
The curator of The Other Portrait is the French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy, author of numerous texts on the arts in general and on single paintings, photographs and films.
The project developed by Nancy for the Mart follows the publication of Le regard du portrait (Galilée, 2000) which examines the sitter’s gaze, considered the essential element of a portrait, through which the subject creates a relationship with an infinity in which he loses himself: in an absolute ‘outside’ gaze of the observer.
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