‘Hyperrealism. 50 years of painting’ presents three generations of US and European artists in a unique survey of Hyperrealist painting. Hyperrealism sprang up in the 1960s in the USA as a reaction to the dominant trend of Abstract, Minimal and Conceptual Art.
Taking their lead from Pop Art, a group of young American painters made their lives and objects, the product of the emerging consumer society, the theme of their work. They used photography as a source for their paintings by transferring existing images faithfully onto canvas. The paintings of everyday scenes and blown-up consumer commodities – from sweets and shiny car bumpers to ketchup bottles – attracted a lot of attention from both admirers and critics. The works of these artists, including Chuck Close, Robert Bechtle, Richard Estes, John Salt and Franz Gertsch, are painted with such meticulousness and precision that they look like photographs. With more than seventy works by a good thirty artists, this survey presents the history of a fascinating artistic movement. It follows the Kunsthal’s programmatic line of exhibitions connected with realism, such as Chuck Close, Duane Hanson, The Adventure of Reality | International Realism and Painting Now! Back to Figuration.
Kunsthal Rotterdam is housed in a striking building designed by Rotterdam s OMA/Rem Koolhaas architectural practice and was opened in 1992. Since then, the Kunsthal has put culture in the widest sense of the word on show, from elitist to popular.
There are always a number of exhibitions to see, both large and small-scale, from old masters to contemporary art, from innovative design to engaging photography. Guided tours round the main exhibition can be given in Dutch, English, and German for up to 20 people. Architectural tours are also available (on request). Larger groups will be led ...