Hopstreet Gallery presents "Unknown Portraits", an exhibition that brings together portraits by seven artists. The starting point is a historic portrait that is held by the gallery owners. It depicts a young girl or princess and it strongly refers to l’infanta Margarita, who is the central figure in Las Meninas, Spanish for The Maids of Honour, a 1656 painting by the Spanish artist Diego Velazquez (1599 – 1660).
Portraiture is one of the oldest forms of visual art and a leitmotiv throughout art history. Contemporary artists are still fascinated by it. The participating artists prove that portraiture is still fascinating; their work is brought into dialogue with the old portrait of the princess.
The role that the contemporary artist tries to assume is one of injecting our society with his or her imagination, thereby generating critical, liberal or creative insights. Modern art is more than a nice picture. Hopefully, the works on display will make it clear that portraiture is no longer an isolated artistic genre; it is a means to form a vision in total freedom.