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Mapping an Uncertain Terrain


22 May 2009 - 16 August 2009
Duncan Grant Design for Plate, Nude Figure, c.1921 Copyright: Estate of Duncan Grant. All rights reserved, DACS 2009

Mapping an Uncertain Terrain brings together a group of works from mima’s fine art and craft collections with a focus on portraiture. The classic portrait is a painting, drawing, or sculpture, in which the face and its expression are predominant. However a portrait can depict the subject in a variety of ways for example from full body to just head, from profile to full face, from clothed to nude, indoor or outdoor, standing, seated or reclining. Yet within these endless variables it is said a well-executed portrait shows us not only just a literal likeness but also the inner essence of the subject.


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