Duane Hanson, Bodybuilder, 1990, bronze, polychromed in oil, mixed media, with accessories, 49 × 41 × 38 inches (124.5 × 104.1 × 96.5 cm) © Estate of Duane Hanson/Licensed by VAGA, New York. Photo by Rob McKeever

"Hyperrealism Sculpture" at the Kunsthal Rotterdam, Netherlands.

On view March 10 through July 1, 2018.

Following the success of the 2017 exhibition "Hyperrealism. 50 years of painting," the Kunsthal Rotterdam crosses over to the third dimension with the exhibition "Hyperrealism Sculpture." This exhibition will show a unique selection of three-dimensional works by all important hyperrealist sculptors of the past 50 years. From the early American pioneers, including George Segal, Duane Hanson, and John DeAndrea, to the rise of the international movement, represented by Juan Muñoz (Spain), Maurizio Cattelan (Italy), Berlinde de Bruyckere (Belgium), Ron Mueck, Sam Jinks, and Patricia Piccinini (Australia).

With 35 artworks by 28 artists, the Kunsthal will present—for the first time in the Netherlands—an overview of the worldwide developments in hyperrealist sculpture over the past fifty years. In the 1960s and 1970s a number of sculptors, each from their own perspective, became interested in a type of figurative art based on representations of the human figure that were as vivid and lifelike as possible. Standing face to face with these works provokes a reaction from the visitors, raising questions about the extent to which human beings can be manipulated and about identity in general. How do we see ourselves and others? An interesting topic in the light of the current selfie culture on social media.

In five different themes, the exhibition will show how our perspective on the human body is subject to constant change. ‘Doppelgangers’ zooms in on artists such as Duane Hanson and John DeAndrea who, in the 1960s, set the trend by making life-sized sculptures. To make the sculptures even more lifelike, they used extremely laborious, complex procedures and innovative materials to meticulously replicate the structure of the human skin, and combined the works with objects from reality. Also shown are the hyperrealist nudes of the American artist Paul McCarthy and works by the French artist Daniel Firman, who, by contrast, fully dresses his figures and systematically conceals their facial features and limbs.


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