Temporary exhibition gallery – Beyond the Mirror

Gulbenkian museum

Temporary exhibition gallery – Beyond the Mirror

Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon – Temporary exhibitions gallery

Mirrors are particularly interesting objects since they have the ability to transport us to other dimensions, leading us into the realms of spirituality, dreams, or even nightmares.

Artists employ mirrors for various reasons, as they can both reveal and disguise elements of the scenes that are represented.

They offer infinite visual possibilities including, most obviously, that of accurately reflecting reality.

Yet even though the chief purpose of the mirror is indeed to faithfully represent appearances, reflecting a coherent vision of the world, this is not always how artists use them. They may focus on ambiguity and fragmentation, in line with their often philosophical intentions, in preference to the mimetic representation of reality.

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