Hyper-realistic sculpture and painting will be featured in some of the must-see exhibitions of 2013.

Hyperrealism in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, the Cartier Foundation and the Venice Biennale
Barcelona - MAR 05, 2013

Hyperrealism is a genre of painting and sculpture that emerged in early 2000. Because of the methods used to create the works, hyperrealism is considered an evolution of the genre of photorealism, since it is based on the same aesthetic principles. However, the fundamental difference between the genders is the narrative and emotional approach in the portraits of hyperreality.

Hyperrealism in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, the Cartier Foundation and the Venice Biennale
©Richard Estes

Unlike the literal and mechanical nature of photorealism, hyperrealism seeks a more definite and detailed reinterpretation of reality. Its translation of reality is not limited to capturing reality as it presents its subjects as alive and tangible objects. Parting from photographic images, the hyperrealist artist details an image with a level of accuracy that manages to create an illusion of reality that cannot be found in the picture. It is this illusion that breathes life into the paintings and sculptures, conveying not only the hyper-reality of their appearance but also aspects such as human emotion, political value and narrative elements that the subject may reflect.

In 2013, international museums such as the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art, and world-class events like the Venice Biennale, will present some of the biggest names in current hyperrealism.

Hyperrealism in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, the Cartier Foundation and the Venice Biennale
©Richard Estes. Telephone Booths, 1967

Hiperrealism 1967-2012. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. April 9 to June 30.

The exhibition presented in 2013 in the Thyssen-Bornemisza will present, for the first time, a genealogy of hyperrealism that begins with the first generation of great American masters like Richard Estes, John Baeder, Robert Bechtle, Tom Blackwell, Chuck Close and Robert Cottingham, to later show the continuity of hyperrealist technique in Europe and in artists of later generations. Hyperrealism is a traveling project of The Institute for Cultural Exchange entitled Photorealism. 50 years of hyperrealistic painting.

Hyperrealism in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, the Cartier Foundation and the Venice Biennale

Ron Mueck’s Studio, January 2013 © Ron Mueck
Photo © Gautier Deblonde

Ron Mueck. Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain. April 16 to September 29.

Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art presents new works by Ron Mueck, one of the most notable names of hyperrealism sculpture. The show is the first major exhibition of Mueck in Europe since 2005. Besides the six recent sculptures to be presented, the exhibition includes a film created for the occasion showing the artist at work in his studio.

Hyperrealism in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, the Cartier Foundation and the Venice Biennale

© Sam Jinks. Woman and child. silicone, silk, human hair. 2010

Sam Jinks in Personal Structures: Time, Space, Existence, collateral event of the Venice Biennial

The exhibition brings together an extraordinary combination of established artists next to artists whose work is less known. What they have in common is their dedication to the concepts Time - Space and Existence. The exhibition is curated and organized by the Global Foundation for Art Affairs. Each artist in the exhibition presents recent works, whether site-specific, made especially for this exhibition, or directly from the artist's studio.

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