This unusual installation conveying 20th-century cultural content, trends and motifs associated with multiple portraits. The most famous multiple portraits include Marcel Duchamp’s 1917 portrait; Witkacy’s portrait created in St. Petersburg in 1915 or 1916; and the 1912 portrait of Wacław Szpakowski, a Wrocław-based artist who influenced local conceptual artists. Multiple portraits have also been a recurring motif in the work of a number of other artists. Józef Robakowski’s created his own multiple self-portrait in video in 1998; and the camera plays the role of a mirror in many contemporary artists’ performances.
A mirrored cabinet for viewing video works including:
Józef Robakowski, Light Checks [1, 2, 3, 4...], 03:00, 1993
from the collections of the WRO Art Center and the Exchange Gallery
Nam June Paik, Selfportrait, 1961 and Head, 1982
a film by Wolfgang Ramsbott, from a private collection, Bremen / documentation of the WRO Art Center exhibition Driving Media
Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, portraits and self-portraits from the 1930s
from the collection of Ewa Franczak and Stefan Okołowicz