26th October – 26th November 2023, Mihelič Gallery, Ptuj Immerse yourself in the evocative world of Miranda Rumina's artistry, a collection of 37 large-scale portraits that not only capture the essence of iconic figures from various domains but also pose profound questions about our perceptions, truths, and realities. Set against vibrant, abstract backgrounds, these portraits are distinctive not only in their artistic strokes—dramatically gestured, eruptive, and energetically charged—but also in their deep exploration of elemental perception and acceptance of global states. Complementing these stirring portraits is an intricate glass installation, adding another dimension to the exhibition. It features smaller glass pieces, shaped like puzzle pieces, and larger glass bowls. Some pieces filled with pristine white salt, symbolizing purity and transformation. The rest hold water tinted with vivid hues of blue, red, yellow, indigo, orange, pink, and green, infusing the space with a kaleidoscope of emotions and interpretations. In a time where the line between the real and unreal constantly blurs, Miranda’s art serves as a beacon, guiding viewers to reflect upon the dualities that define our existence—love and hatred, joy and sorrow, the material and the spiritual. It's not just about recognizing the faces on the canvas but understanding the contrasting principles of life that they embody. Enhancing the visual experience, fashion designer and artist Tina Pavlin infuses the pieces with her unique touch. By adding her original seam to printed reproductions of the collages, she bridges the gap between graphics, drawing, and painting, further emphasizing the theme of duality present throughout the exhibition. In the end, Miranda Rumina's artwork beckons us towards the timeless values that give life meaning—truth, simplicity, and love. Step into this metaphorical, global world of art and witness the birth of a new painting mythology for the 21st century.