Lucian Freud – Ron Mueck: Tactile Realism


From 28 May 2014


Wednesday, 19:30


Lucian Freud – Ron Mueck: Tactile RealismLucian Freud – Ron Mueck: Tactile Realism


Lucian Freud (1922-2011) is generally recognized as one of the key figures in 20th-century figurative painting. His works are smothered with thick layers of dull-coloured paint. Paradoxically, through deforming the naked human body, Freud manages to make his representations even more realistic, while his use of varying perspectives helps him achieve an almost three-dimensional effect, creating an illusion of palpability in paintings.

An ex-puppeteer, Australian-born Ron Mueck (b. 1958) works with hyper-realistic sculpture, his only divergence from naturalism being the size of his human figures. Mueck rejects average proportions in favour of extremes: his creations are either smaller than natural size or truly monumental. With these mind games, the artist takes on the role of an illusionist, submerging the viewer in a hypernaturalistic realm.


Irina Kulik is an art critic, cultural studies expert, PhD, lecturer at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA Moscow), the author of numerous publications on contemporary art, cinema and modern music.

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