Dancing with Myself investigates the elemental importance of self-representation in art from the 1970s to the present day and the role of the artist as protagonist and subject of the work. Through a wide variety of artistic practices and artists (from Claude Cahun to LaToya Ruby Frazier, from Gilbert and George to Cindy Sherman, and from Alighiero Boetti to Maurizio Cattelan) coming from different cultures and backgrounds, generations and experiences, it reflects on the contrast between different approaches: melancholy and vanity, ironic games played with identity and political autobiography, existential rumination and the body as sculpture, effigy or fragment, and its symbolical representation.
Martin Bethenod, former commissioner of visual arts at the French Ministry of Culture and Communication (2003-2004), is the CEO and director of Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana. Florian Ebner, one of the most highly rated critics in Germany and formerly the director of the Folkwang Museum in Essen, has been director of the department of photography at the Centre Pompidou since June 2017. Anna Fricke is curator of contemporary art at the Folkwang Museum in Essen.