Masks and Multiple Identities

11 May 2024 – 15 September 2024
Serlachius Art Museum, Manttä, Finland

Curator: Lorella Scacco

Elina Brotherus, Claude Cahun, Birger Carlstedt, Delphine Diallo, Albert Edelfelt, Saara Ekström, Daniel Frasnay, Paul Gauguin, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Giovanni Gastel, Wifredo Lam, Marita Liulia, Sami Lukkarinen, Laika MCMLIV, Luigi Ontani, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Louis Pierson, Man Ray, Gino Severini, George Hoyningen-Huene, Tuulikki Pietilä, Cindy Sherman, Ellen Thesleff, Patrick Tosani, Filippos Tsitsopoulos, Phil van Duynen, Gillian Wearing, Ai Weiwei, Agata Wieczorek

Masks and Multiple Identities explores the meanings of mask wearing as part of human history. Since prehistoric times, humans have felt the need to hide their identity temporarily, or to change it completely.
The cultural-historical meanings of masquerade have varied over time in different parts of the world, but it is still popular today, as one’s own identity is constantly being shaped on digital platforms, for example. The coronavirus pandemic, on the other hand, reminded people that masks are also used for protection.
Masks and Multiple Identities examines the subject of masks from antiquity through 20th century avant-garde to contemporary art. The exhibition has borrowed works not only from art museums but also from cultural history collections, and it is curated by the Italian art historian Lorella Scacco. /en/exhibition/masks-and-multiple-identities/