50 Years of Hyperrealistic Sculpture

50 Years of Hyperrealistic Sculpture

Hyperrealistic sculptures emulate the forms, contours and textures of the human body or singular body parts and thereby create a convincing visual illusion of human physicality. From the late 1960s on, different sculptors got involved with a mode of realism based on the physically lifelike appearance of the human body. By deploying traditional techniques of modelling, casting, and painting in order to recreate human figures they followed different approaches towards a contemporary form of figural realism.

Based on a selection of around 30 hyperrealistic sculptures by 26 pioneering international artists the exhibition shall display the development of the human figure in hyperrealistic sculpture during the last 50 years.The selection reveals five different key issues in the approach towards the depiction of figural realism in order to emphasize how the way we see our bodies has been subject to constant change.

Exhibition objects: 30 sculptures by 26 artists
Exhibition space: 800 – 1000 sqm
Exhibition catalog: 2 languages (Spanish, Danish, English)

Exhibition venues:
Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, Spain: June 07, 2016 – September 26, 2016
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico: October 15, 2016 – January 08, 2017
ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Denmark: February 04, 2017 – August 06, 2017
National Gallery of Australia, Australia: October 20, 2017 – February 18, 2018


Sam Jinks, Untitled (Kneeling Woman), 2015
© Courtesy the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney

Tony Matelli, Josh, 2010
© Courtesy the artist

Peter Land, Back to square one, 2015
© Courtesy the artist and Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Photo: Lior Zilberstein

Evan Penny, Panagiota: Conversation #1, Variation 2, 2008
© Courtesy the artist

Installation view Escultura hiperrealista 1973 – 2016, Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, 07 June – 26 September 2016
© Bilboko Arte Ederren Museoa-Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao

Installation view 50 anos de Escultura Hiperrealista, MARCO Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, October 13, 2016 – January 08, 2017
© MARCO Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey

Installation view GYS! Er den levende?, ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj February 04 – August 06, 2017
© Photo: Anders Sune


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