Close up of a print of a woman looking into a mirror.

International touring exhibition

Human image: masterpieces of figurative art

Tour schedule

La Caixa Forum, Madrid, Spain
28 April 2021 – 9 January 2022

La Caixa Forum, Sevilla, Spain
16 February – 29 May 2022

La Caixa Forum, Zaragoza, Spain
28 June – 9 October 2022

La Caixa Forum, Palma, Spain
10 November 2022 – 9 April 2023

La Caixa Forum, Barcelona, Spain
4 July – 22 October 2023

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The human figure has been a predominant theme in visual art from around 30,000 years ago.

It's the primordial image, created in a boundless variety of formats and used to express fundamental ideas concerning the human condition.

This compelling exhibition comprises a superb and highly varied selection of human images from the collection of the British Museum. Many are charged with complex symbolism, association and meaning; others provide striking depictions of observed reality. They are all instruments of identity: mirrored images of ourselves, models of who we think we are and how we wish to appear to the world.