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from 25 September 2013 to 09 February 2014
Palazzo Reale, Milan

The Face Of The 20th Century
From Matisse To Bacon

Press Release

The history of representation of the human figure, from the Egyptian empire to the present day, is at the same time lengthy and complex. Through an outstanding series of icons of painting and sculpture of the 20th century, this selection of works from the Centre Pompidou in Paris and displayed on the main floor of Palazzo Reale, tells of a vital period in the evolution of the concepts of portraiture and self-portraiture, called into question and transformed by the most famous masters of that century, following the radical changes in society, and the tragic events in human history.

The exhibition is promoted and produced by the City of Milan – Department of Culture, Palazzo Reale, MondoMostre and Skira editore, in collaboration with the Musée National d’Art Moderne – Centre Pompidou in Paris. It displays more than eighty extraordinary portraits and self-portraits, absolute masterpieces by famous artists such as Matisse, Bonnard, Modigliani, Magritte – whose most famous work The Rape, with its female face-nude, is the icon of the exhibition – Music, Suzanne Valadon, Maurice de Vlamick, Severini, Bacon, Delauney, Brancusi, Julio Gonzalez, Derain, Max Ernst, Mirò, Léger, Adami, De Chirico, Picasso, Giacometti, Dubuffet, Fautrier, Baselitz, Marquet, Tamara de Lempicka, Kupka, Dufy, Masson, Max Beckmann, Juan Gris. They produced masterly works of exceptional, pictorial and artistic quality - some of them never displayed before in Italy – that illustrate the evolution of portraiture during the 20th century.