Photographic Miniatures by Bettina von Zwehl
22 May to 1 September 2013
Wirth Gallery FREE
We have commissioned renowned German photographer Bettina von Zwehl to make new work for the Holburne that responds to our collection of historic portrait miniatures. Bettina was particularly struck by an unusual early nineteenth-century miniature on display which shows a group of single eyes all belonging to the members of one family.
Bettina’s new work develops her recent experiments with photographic miniatures and the idea of the eye portrait. Using her husband and daughter Ruby as subjects she has also worked with designer Laura Lee to incorporate eye miniatures into jewellery.
Bettina has also photographed the eyes of a group of children from a London primary school which will be placed within the main galleries of the Museum. The children’s eyes challenge the historic and conventional subjects of portraiture as the sitters are unremarkable and anonymous.
Sponsored by the Arts Council