|The First Art Newspaper on the Net
||Established in 1996
|| Monday, April 23, 2018
|Unpublished Fayum Portraits Come to Life at the National Archaeology Museum in Madrid|
A couple looks at portraits displayed during the exhibition 'Without a Visible Future Fayum's Portraits + Adrian Paci' held at the National Archaeological Museum of Madrid, Spain, 30 May 2011. The exhibition features thirteen Fayum mummy portraits, commonly painted in this Egyptian region during the Roman occupation between the 1st and 3rd centuries AD, alongside the Albanian artist's video Centro di Permanenza temporanea. This exhibition is part of the 14th annual 'PhotoEspana Festival' that will be held in Madrid from June 1 to July 24. EPA/BALLESTEROS.
MADRID.- The Fayum Mummy Portraits continue to surprise to this day with their modern sensibility and vitality. Made between the first and fourth centuries A.D. they come from the tomb of Al- Fayum as well as from other places across Egypt, and they are borne of a mixture of Greek encaustic painting, Roman realism, and Egyptian funerary rituals. The exhibition Fayum Portraits + Adrian Paci: No Visible Future, organized by the Ministry of Culture, National Archeology Museum and PHotoEspaña posits these paintings as the earliest antecedent of photography since, in a manner similar to ID photos, the painters portray with the greatest possible exactitude the characteristics of their subjects so that the souls of the dead could recognize them hence the portraits simplicity and accuracy.
John Berger dedicated one of his most elegant texts to these works; in it, he relates them to the migrations of our time. This exhibition seeks to pay them homage, bringing together 13 portraits that are shown along with the video Centro para la permanencia temporal (Center for Temporal Permanence), by Adrian Paci, a work in which time stops, and its protagonists possible emigrants seek to depart but do not move are subtly fashioned like the living-dead of Fayum.
The exhibition features works that, due to their concept and function, rather than their technique, They were painted by Greek artists on wooden panels and canvases that covered the face, as part of the mummys wrappings. These are the oldest two-dimensional portraits in existence, and the only example of Classical easel painting to have come down to us. These paintings for death, which were made to be buried rather than put on display, seem so incredibly alive, just like a good photographic portrait, which captures both the subject and the moment.
Adrian Paci (Albania, 1969) studied at the Academy of Arts in Tirana. He has shown individually at the Kunsthaus in Zurich, the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, the Kunstverein Hannover, and P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in New York. His work has also been part of collections shown at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Fundació Caica in Barcelona, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the Miami Museum of Contemporary Art, and the MoMa in New York. Paci represented his country in the first pavilion of Albania at the Venice Biennial.
May 31, 2011
Unpublished Fayum Portraits Come to Life at the National Archaeology Museum in Madrid
Sotheby's Sale of the Mei Yun Tang Collection of Paintings by Chang Dai-Chien Totals $87.3 Million
Unique Charlie Chaplin Film to Sell at Bonhams' Entertainment Memorabilia Auction
Hammer Galleries Creates an Interactive Virtual Tour for Current Modern Masters Exhibition
Beyond the Law: American History Unfolds at Christie's South Kensington in June
Original Star Spangled Banner Fragments Up for Bid, First Time in Modern Auction History
Kimbell Art Museum Develops iPad App for Picasso and Braque Exhibition
Successful 'Picasso in Paris' Exhibition Attracts 471,168 Visitors at Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam
Journeyings: Recent Works on Paper by Frank Bowling RA at the Royal Academy
Art 42 Basel Announces an Array of High-Calibre Works for this Year's Art Parcours
Churches Aim to Restore Historic Organ After World Trade Center Terror Attacks
Secession Presents the Work of American Artist, Musician, and Composer Stephen Prina
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Displays War Rugs from Afghanistan
Last Surviving Austrian Who Hid Jews Honored
Fotomuseum Winterthur Presents Alexander Rodchenko: Revolution in Photography
Hamas Founder Remembered in New Museum
Seven New Maya Archaeological Sites Registered in Yucatan by INAH Specialists
First Solo Exhibition in the Netherlands of the Versatile French Artist Raphael Zarka at Stroom Den Haag
Cindy Sherman, Thomas Ruff, Frank Montero Collado and the 1000 Controversial Faces of Portraiture
YouTube Play Recognized at Tribeca Film Festival
Nearly 200 Gather to Dedicate Jonestown Memorial
Art Gallery of Ontario Presents Abstract Expressionist Exhibition from MoMA
Christie's Hong Kong Spring 2011 Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art Achieves New Milestone
Beneath Jerusalem, An Undergound City that Existed 2,000 Years Ago Takes Shape
Palestinian Makes Artistic Mark on Passports
Most Popular Last Seven Days
1.- John Surtees' one-owner 1957 BMW 507 to be offered for the first time at Bonhams Festival of Speed sale
2.- Antiques looted in Libya by IS sold in Spain, two experts arrested
3.- The world's oldest bridge to be preserved by the British Museum's Iraq Scheme
4.- Exquisite jewels dazzle in historic Cartier exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia
5.- Now showing in US cinemas: "Hitler VS Picasso and The Others" directed by Claudio Poli
6.- New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art returns stolen idols to Nepal
7.- Glasgow starts a year of celebration as Charles Rennie Mackintosh exhibition opens
8.- Very rare Qing Dynasty bowl sells for $30.4 million
9.- Gardner Museum publishes "Stolen" book about 13 works in 1990 theft
10.- Royal Ontario Museum announces appointment of Curator, Islamic Art & Culture
Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .
|Royalville Communications, Inc|
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.