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Must see: Ron Mueck

G23rd March 2010

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Art lovers in Melbourne shouldn’t miss Ron Mueck’s exhibition.

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting the Ron Mueck exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Ron Mueck (1958-) is an Australian-born hyper-realist sculptor who now works in the United Kingdom. His latest exhibition displays 11 of his key works.

Mueck’s sculptures attempt to reproduce the minute detail of the human body, but play with scale to produce disconcertingly jarring visual images. His characters are often naked and suspended in states of self-consciousness, introspection or deep contemplation. Viewing them almost  breeds embarrassment or empathy at the vulnerability of the individual.

The technical skill in producing such detailed works is impressive. The head, with it’s fine strands of hair and small patches of blood on A Girl (an oversized newborn baby, complete with remains of an umbilical cord) has to be seen to be believed, because aside from the gigantic scale, looks entirely real.

Of course, not everyone likes Mueck’s work. Guardian columnist Jonathan Jones described his works in 2006 as “blank, empty and brainless” and Mueck’s admirers as people who needed to get out more. Naturally, others disagree, including myself.

One of my favourite sculptures was Old Woman in Bed (2000), which I consider the most evocative of Mueck’s works.

Ron Mueck’s exhibition is showing at the National Gallery of Victoria until 18 April 2010. Entry for adults is $15.



3 responses to “Must see: Ron Mueck”

  • Written by sreychilli on 23 March 2010:

    Yes, the exhibition was good. I liked how the exhibition first introduces you to “death” with the first sculptor and allowed the sculpture a room of it’s own. Thought provoking, and then it afterwards introduces you to “life” (new born). I like the cleverness of the sculpture named “still life”, which I totally agreed with, tho the chicken wasn’t really one of my favourites.

    I would have to say, his sculptures were a bit plain, personally, however they were still good.

  • Written by James on 23 March 2010:

    His works almost make me cry they are so beautiful, especially those which portray the vulnerability of life, such as the old woman and the baby. I still remember the surprise and the strength of feelings I experienced the first time I saw the baby. OMG.

  • Written by Anthea on 19 June 2012:

    I love his work but most of them are naked!

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