Hyper Real Hype

Think art is boring? Try telling that to the genetically engineered baby, levitating man and hybrid animals taking over the National Gallery of Australia this summer.

An army of eerily lifelike sculptures are descending upon the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra this summer for Hyper Real, running from 20 October 2017 to 18 February 2018.

This exclusive exhibition of contemporary hyperrealism presents a mind-bending collection of true-to-life sculpted forms alongside cutting-edge kinetic, biological and virtual creations that blur the distinction between the real and the imagined. All the fake flesh is designed to get under your very real skin and leave you begging the question, ‘What makes us human?’

Hyper Real artwork

Hyper Real features 50 works by 30 Australian and international artists, including pieces unique to the NGA as well as sculptures from a travelling exhibition that’s already stunned crowds in Spain, Mexico and Denmark, and from mid-December will offer an audio tour created by Grammy-Award winning Aussie DJ Flume (pictured below), combining his commentary on the exhibit with his music. December 9 sees him curating a special playlist which'll resound from the speakers from 1-2pm, underpinned by his (very aptly named) track titled Hyperreal feat. Kučka. 

 Flume at Hyper Real

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Hyper Real artwork

Pic credits

Inverso mundus by AES+F; Courtesy the artists, MAMM, Anna Schwartz Gallery and Triumph Gallery; and Old people’s home by Sun Yuan and Peng Yu; Courtesy of the collection of Mr. Shi Lai Liu.

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