Ron Mueck‘s enormous life-like sculptures are on show at Fondation Cartier until 22 February, 2015. Go early. I waited for no less than 45 minutes in a winding long queue that extended all around the Foundation building. It was worth the wait though. In a profile of the artist, I had seen the immense amount of work that goes into making every one of this gigantic sculptures.
To transport the sculptures to the various venue around the world where the artist exhibits his work, entails cutting them up then assembling them. The final products are cast from plaster and rubber, from the original scultures, so the final product is hollowed out, which makes for easier transportation and assembling.
Mueck’s work at first appears overwhelming banal, but it is just this simple rendering of his life-like sculptures that makes it so very interesting. The biggest sculpture, ‘Couple Under An Umbrella’ , has been placed in the Foundation’s foyer, and only then do you get a real feel of its scale. ‘The Woman with Sticks’ which was used in many of the publicity posters is both amusing and eerily realistic. It does not help that the curator saw fit to put it again a well-lit window, in all its glory. What is striking about all the sculptures is how real they seem, enough for you to forget that they are just art. This was a really good exhibition.
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