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11° & CLOUDY ON WEDNESDAY 23 MAY IN MELBOURNE
By Lucy McNabb
December 18, 2017
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Hyper Real

The NGA's disturbing, fascinating and totally unmissable summer exhibition.
By Lucy McNabb
December 18, 2017
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If you find yourself in our fair capital this summer, don't leave without checking out Hyper Real at the NGA. Featuring nearly 50 extraordinary digital art and ultra-real sculptures by 32 international artists including Ron Mueck, Patricia Piccinini, Sam Jinks, John DeAndrea, Carole A Feuerman and Marc Sijan, you can expect to see everything from a frozen sculpture made from an artist's blood, a virtual journey through a human skull floating in space and a transgenic creature giving birth.

An incredible opportunity to see sculpted forms so true to life you'll get goosebumps (prepare to suppress the urge to reach out and touch them), Hyper Real takes humanity and amplifies it, asking 'what makes us human?' whilst displaying the ever-expanding artistic potential of the genre itself. "Contemporary hyperrealism has pushed beyond static sculpture and into the digital realm. It is a shape-shifting genre, simultaneously traditional and innovative, familiar and provocative" says Jaklyn Babington, NGA Senior Curator of Contemporary Art.

Trust us, you won't have seen an exhibition like this before.

Image: Patricia Piccinini, The long awaited, 2008, silicone, fibreglass, human hair, plywood, leather, clothing, Collection of Detached Cultural Organisation and the artist, Hobart. Courtesy of the artist, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne and Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco.

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