Now Closed

20 October 2017 18 February 2018

Please note: We have given an early farewell to Marc Quinn's Self 2011. To still experience this work see the video on how it was created.

A levitating man, a genetically engineered baby, towering giants – welcome to humanity amplified. Featuring uncanny figures with painted silicon skin, glass eyes, human hair and cutting-edge digital art, Hyper Real provokes reflection, fascination, fear and joy. From eerily lifelike sculptures to out-of-this-world virtual reality, this major exhibition charts the evolution of hyperrealism into the 21st century. A compelling chronicle of the cycles of life and our constant need for connection, Hyper Real explores the fundamental question: ‘what makes us human?’

The exhibition presents major works from early American pioneers George Segal, John De Andrea and Duane Hanson, celebrated Australian artists Patricia Piccinini, Ron Mueck and Sam Jinks, international masters Maurizio Cattelan (Italy), Berlinde de Bruyckere (Belgium), Evan Penny (Canada), Sun Yuan and Peng Yu (China) and many more.

Hyperrealism, paralleling photorealism in painting, began in the 1960s and 70s when a number of sculptors became interested in a form of sculptural realism based on a vivid and lifelike representation of the human figure. From kinetic sculpture to bio art, this exhibition extends our perception of what constitutes the hyperreal.

Visitors should be aware that there is nudity in this exhibition.

"this is the most extraordinary exhibition I have seen it is disturbing and thought provoking long after I leave the gallery. thank you"

"Amazing, emotive and thought provoking. The execution of all the work is stunning…"

"An astonishing, hyper-investigation of the real and the surreal that challenges what it means to be human in the 21st century. Fabulous, fantastical and fundamentally thought provoking!"

– Hyper Real visitors