Astounding in their realism and emotional power, Ron Mueck's works have made him one of the most renowned sculptors of our time. See them exclusively at Christchurch Art Gallery from 2 October.
This October, the Gallery is proud to present a major exhibition of work by internationally renowned sculptor Ron Mueck. Ranging from the startlingly huge Wild man to the miniscule Two women, this comprehensive exhibition of work by the Australian-born, London-based artist is the largest to have been presented in the southern hemisphere – and an opportunity not to be missed.
The show includes four striking new works alongside many of the artist's iconic sculptures, including the monumental and moving Pregnant woman, and Christchurch is the only place you can see it.
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Up to 2 children 15 years and under free with a paying adult
$38 season pass
Tickets also available at the Gallery or the iSite in Cathedral Square.
ABOUT RON MUECK
Ron Mueck has become internationally recognised for his unique sculptures, which replicate the human figure with unrivalled technical skill. His work has a powerful psychological range, focusing not only on universal experiences like birth, life and death but on emotional states such as isolation, fear and tenderness. His startling manipulations of scale are key to our experience of each work.
Born in Australia, Mueck moved to London in 1986, where he worked creating models for the film, television and advertising industries.
His sculpture first achieved public acclaim when Dead Dad was included in Sensation, Charles Saatchi's controversial exhibition featuring the Young British Artists at the Royal Academy, London in 1997.
In 1998 he made his first solo exhibition with Anthony d'Offay. Since then his work has been exhibited in museums and exhibitions worldwide including the 49th Venice Biennale (2001); Hirschorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. (2002); The National Gallery, London (2003); and a major international travelling exhibition (2006-2008) which had more than 1 million visitors across seven venues, beginning at the Fondation Cartier in Paris and ending at the Twenty-first Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan.
Today, his work is held in important public and private collections internationally.
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Please note: The human body – naked and clothed, and from birth through to death – has been a favoured subject in art for centuries. Ron Mueck's sculptures are part of this tradition. Some of his figures are clothed, others are not.
A National Gallery of Victoria touring exhibition.
Shyness and sculpture
Reporters like to begin their stories about Ron Mueck by noting that he is famously media-shy. Since television and newspapers thrive on personality, celebrity and ‘direct access' to the stars, journalists clearly feel it necessary to explain to their audiences that they won't be hearing from the artist himself. Beyond this, however, not much more gets said about Mueck's reluctance to talk. It's treated as a minor difficulty, something to be mentioned in passing before moving on to the artworks. And for that reason, surely it's not the kind of thing I should be bringing up in an official essay...
But I have a suspicion there's more to it.
The balcony has become the favourite spot for Gallery managers to marvel at the queue for admission to the Ron Mueck show.
We've put a comments book in the Ron Mueck show where visitors have expressed their pleasure, and in a few cases their disquiet. My favourite comment is "It looked scary but wasn't" which is in fact rather a profound thought.
While we're looking at sculptures at the larger end of the scale bracket, here's Ron Mueck's A girl.
Downstairs in the galleries the exhibitions team have been working flat out for the last couple of weeks to prepare for Ron Mueck.
While the show itself is still about 8 weeks away from opening, the Ron Mueck exhibition catalogues have just gone on sale in our shop.