With 100 works by among others Kokoschka, Brancusi, Schad, Picasso, Nussbaum, Bacon, Goldin, Trecartin, Dumas, Richter and Rauch, Zie de mens (see man) shows how artists of the last century have succeeded to evoke the complexity of the modern world through the seemingly simple, clear form of the portrait.
Exactly one portrait is exhibited from every year in the last hundred years. The focal point of the exhibition is the idea that the artistic view on man changed radically between 1910 and 1920. Photography became more important, abstraction achieved its big breakthrough and the western world went through both the First World War and the Russian Revolution.
Those changes had a big impact on the artistic view on man. For artists, the objective representation of the subjective no longer was the most important purpose of the portrait. It was all about the personal view of the artist on the model.