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Hyperrealism Sculpture

Hyperrealism Sculpture

Ceci n'est pas un corps.

22.11.19 - 03.05.20


An exhibition presented by Tempora (Be) and IKA (De)


Jinks, 'Woman and Child', 2010, silicone, silk and human hair, banner von ARKEN"Hyperrealism" is an art movement that began in the United States in the 1970s. Shunning abstraction, the hyperrealist artist seeks to achieve a meticulous representation of nature, to the point that observers sometimes wonder if they are in the presence of living bodies. The works are sometimes amusing, sometimes disturbing, but always meaningful.

With a selection of some fifty hyperrealist sculptures by leading international artists (George Segal, Ron Mueck, Maurizio Cattelan, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Duane Hanson, John De Andrea, and others) the exhibition “Ceci n’est pas un corps. Hyperrealism – Sculpture” will illustrate the evolution of the human figure in the works of hyperrealist sculptors from the 1970s to the present day. The selection will highlight different key issues in this approach to figurative realism and show how our perception of the human body has continuously evolved.

The title of the exhibition, borrowed from Magritte and his famous pipe, is no more innocent than was his. “What is art?” the artist seems to ask the audience. As detailed and perfectly modelled as the contours and the texture are on the real object, what is its transposition on the canvas if not the illusion of this real? It’s as if the artist got as close to the real as he could, only to see it escape his brush. And, more fundamentally, is it the function of art to encapsulate the real?

Liège seized a unique opportunity to participate in the world tour of the exhibition, which was presented at the Museum of Fine Arts of Bilbao (Spain), at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Monterrey (Mexico), at the National Gallery in Canberra (Australia) and at the Kunsthal of Rotterdam; everywhere with considerable success. In Rotterdam it attracted no less than 230,000 visitors in less than three months!


Ill. Sam Jinks, Woman and child, 2010.

Hyperrealism Sculpture
Ceci n’est pas un corps