For their upcoming exhibition “My 2000-Year-Old Double,” Quebec’s Musée de la Civilisation is searching for the best look-alike pairings of ancient sculptures and 2017 selfies. The exhibition site invites users to upload their own selfies and then uses facial recognition technology to match your images with their collection of sixty Greco-Roman and Egyptian works. By the fall, they will select the thirty best Doppelgängers to be featured in the exhibition as a way of juxtaposing “the history of antiquity with the distractions of today.”
And while that exhibition sounds excellent, the gift of facial recognition technology need not be limited to the museum’s interest in your own selfie. Plus, we’ve all seen enough of your dang selfies. Behold, the ancient sculptural doppelgängers of 10 art world giants.
To get you in the mood for what you’re about to witness, here is a real and tender moment between Cindy Sherman and her doppelgänger, the mythical god Apollo, at summer camp:
Cindy Sherman: [as she wipes away her tears] I’m not so hungry anymore. So if your Mom is my Mom and my Dad is your Dad… and we’re both born on October 11th, then you and I are… like… sisters.
Apollo: Sisters? Cindy, we’re like twins!
Cindy Sherman: Oh my god!
Apollo: Oh my god!
Alex Katz and Demosthenes
Demosthenes was an Athenian speechwriter and orator, known for his strong feelings against Philip of Macedon. Alex Katz is known for his figures with strong jaw lines. Total twinsies.
Yayoi Kusama and Unknown Man
This pairing of eyebrow raisers won’t be pinned down by labels. You might think you know Yayoi, but think again.
Nicholas Serota and TAÏMÊ
Those ears, that smize. The director of Tate and this Municipal Magistrate from the 2nd century are kindred spirits for sure.
Marina Abramovic and Unknown Woman
This Roman era funerary mask was made in mass quantities using molding techniques and then personalized to match the specific traits of the deceased. Sounds a lot like something from Marina’s next performance art project…
Pablo Picasso and Aphrodite
Who would have thought that the Greek goddess of love, pleasure, and beauty would be Picasso’s doppelgänger. Actually, now that I think about, everything makes sense.
Shia LaBeouf and Manê
Manê lived during the 2nd century near current day Damascus. She is sculpted as holding a spindle tool, reflecting her domesticity. Maybe Shia is someone you could bring home after all!
Georgia O’keeffe and Unknown Woman
This sculpture doubled as a holder for aromatic oils, making the floral connection clear between these two sensory-oriented ladies. Don’t buy it? Just look at that knowing smirk.
Cindy Sherman and Apollo
This officially makes Cindy Sherman the God of Art. Oh, and the God of Music, the Sun, and the Plague. Duh.
Leo DiCaprio and Dionysus
The Wolf of Wall Street meets the God of Wine. These two are good looking enough to get you drunk, and make you jealous of their locks in the meantime.
Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Philosopher
This 1st century philosopher is an obvious doppelgänger for world renown art critic and historian, Hans-Ulrich Obrist. Don’t let their facial hair choices throw you off, these thinkers are a match made in art heaven.