Sculpture possibly representing Arsinoë II Musée d’art et d’histoire, Geneva, Inv. 019477
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Do you look like Caesar or Venus?

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The call for doubles is closed

The results will be announced this autumn.

An exhibition about doubles is in the works at Musée de la civilisation. From October 24, 2018, to October 27, 2019, the museum will display thirty faces of today, chosen from the photos submitted in this contest, alongside an equal number of ancient works. Greco-Roman antiquities and Egyptian funerary portraits will find their contemporary doubles.

Selected participants will be immortalized by Québec art photographer François Brunelle, while the ancient works will be taken from the collections of the Musée d’art et d’histoire de Genève and the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art. Oversized or intimate portraits will be matched with works from another time in a one-of-a-kind exploration that is both playful and instructive.

Renowned for its original exhibitions about the human experience, Musée de la civilisation is pairing up with two Swiss lending institutions to carry out this project. Musée d’art et d’histoire de Genève boasts some 650,000 objects in its fine arts and archaeology collections. For its part, the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art holds world-class collections and is dedicated to their enrichment and exhibition.

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