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Brussels exhibits examines humanity through hyperrealism

Brussels, Sep 18 (EFE).- Over 40 pieces of hyperrealist art on display at the Ceci n’est pas un corps (“This is not a body”) exhibition in the Belgian capital Brussels invites the viewer to ponder emotions such as fear and shame. 

“Hyperrealists turn their backs on abstraction and want to show something more,” Emilie Derom, the communication director of the exhibit, told Efe.

She added that visitors may feel confused as they try to work out if they are looking at a real body or a fake one, given the hyperrealist detail of the pieces on display.

“It’s very disturbing,” she said.

One of the main attractions of the show is Australian artist Ron Mueck’s A Girl, a giant sculpture of a newborn baby, complete with its clenched fists, blood stains and an umbilical chord.  

A Girl features in the Height Games section of the exhibit, one of six sections.

The first section of the show is dedicated to John DeAndrea and Duane Hanson, two masters of hyperrealism known for their detailed depictions of normal people. 

Modern hyperrealism emerged in the 1960s a response to abstract art that dominated the scene at the time.EFE


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