Conditio Humana

Hyperreal Bodies in Art

The exhibition brings together hyperrealistic painting and sculpture in order to question the current state of the human body. A glance on the presence of the photo- and hyperrealists opens a dialogue about the body as a venue of social, societal and political change.

The exhibition questions the body as a projection screen for contemporary fields of tension by means of renowned photorealists like Ralph Goings, Richard Estes or Robert Bechtle as well as pioneers of the movement in the field of sculpture like John DeAndrea, Duane Hanson or Carole Feuerman. Consumption, beauty mania, digitalization or technical processes are only a few phenomena, which are inscribed into the contemporary body.

The extremely laborious and perfectionist way in which the photorealists and hyperrealists produce their work is diametrically opposed to the fast-moving nature of media images and enable a content-related examination of authenticity questions and perception processes.

Start: Spring 2021
Exhibition objects: approx. 20 sculptures and 40 paintings
Exhibition space: approx. 500 square meters (adjustable in size)
Exhibition catalog: German/English


Robert Bechtle, Alameda Chrysler, 1981.
© Courtesy of the artist / Institut für Kulturaustausch

John DeAndrea, A Classical Allusion, 1987.
© Courtesy of the artist

Ralph Goings, Tom’s Diner, 1997
© Courtesy of the artist / Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York

Bernardo Torrens, Diana VII, 2018.
© Courtesy of the artist

Sam Jinks, Woman and child, 2010.
© Courtesy of the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney

Yigal Ozeri, Untitled (Zuzanna), 2018.
© Courtesy of the artist / Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York


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