Ceci n'est pas un corps
"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 more than 40 hyperrealist sculptures by leading international artists (George Segal, Ron Mueck, Maurizio Cattelan, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Carole A.Feuerman, Duane Hanson, John De Andrea, Paul McCarthy, and others) the exhibition “Hyperrealism Sculpture - Ceci n’est pas un corps” 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 refers to René Magritte's famous work "Ceci n'est pas une pipe", which questioned the relationship between art and reality. The artists exhibited at La Boverie aim for the most true-to-life representation of the human body.
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!