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The National 2017

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Kader Attia

12 Apr - 30 Jul

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28 Apr, 7.00pm, MCA

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03 May, 6.30pm, Level 3: Digital Studio in NCCL

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Ron Mueck: Sculpture

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)

Duration

19 Dec 2002 to 02 Mar 2003

curator: Russell Storer

About the exhibition

This exhibition was the first time that a major exhibition of Ron Mueck’s work had taken place inside Australia. This was also the international debut of the works that Mueck had created during his time as the National Gallery Associate Artist in London.

The Australian-born, London-based Mueck works slowly and painstakingly on his hyper-realistic sculptures of human figures. The attention to detail in Mueck’s work was fostered in his role as a model-maker and special effects technician for television and film. Although his figures are anatomically correct down to the smallest detail, Mueck’s work is set apart by their emotional impact and penetrating directness.

By consistently manipulating the scale of his compelling and unsettling sculptures, producing his figures either larger or smaller than life-size, Mueck is able to suggest complex psychological states. His sculptures powerfully capture a sense of inner life, at times tense, tired, vulnerable, or threatening. The artist’s unique combination of intense realism and distortion draws on art history while grounding his work in the contemporary. Mueck’s technical brilliance only intensifies our experience of the figure, and its emotional impact. Ron Mueck: Sculpture represented the range of Mueck’s practice as a master of contemporary figurative sculpture.