A perspective on hyperrealistic sculpture

From 7 April to 3 September 2023

For its major exhibition 2023, the Musée d’arts de Nantes looks at hyperrealistic sculpture. Since the 1990s there has been a renewed interest in this art form which has rarely been exhibited in France since its birth in the United States during the 1960s.

Through over thirty works by eleven international sculptors, some of which have never been exhibited before, the Musée d’arts explores the profoundly human and sensitive characteristics of these meticulously realistic sculptures, and the striking illusions they create. A sensory experience and not-to-be-missed event!

The artists exhibited
Gilles Barbier, Berlinde De Bruyckere, John DeAndrea, Daniel Firman, Duane Hanson, Sam Jinks, Tony Matelli, Saana Murtti, Evan Penny, Marc Sijan and Tip Toland

General curatorship:
Sophie Lévy, Director-Curator of the Musée d’arts de Nantes.

Scientific curatorship:
Katell Jaffrès, Contemporary Art Manager at the Musée d’arts de Nantes, assisted by Salomé Van Eynde, Exhibition Assistant at the Musée d’arts de Nantes


The Museum would like to thank its patrons for their generous support, and especially RSM, the main patron of the exhibition: Hypersensitive. A perspective on hyperrealistic sculpture.

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The Museum would like to thank the French State – Ministry of Culture – Pays-de-la-Loire DRAC (Regional Directorate for Cultural Affairs) for subsidising the exhibition.

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The Museum extends its warmest thanks to its media partners whose support plays an active role in informing the public about – and encouraging it to attend – the exhibition.

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- John DeAndrea, Amber Reclining, 2015, bronze polychrome, cheveux naturels, 97 x 178 x 40.7 cm. Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, Pays-Bas - Inv. A01703, photo : Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, Pays-Bas.
- Tony Matelli, Josh, 2010, silicone, cheveux, acier, vêtements, 45 x 180 x 90 cm. Courtesy de l’artiste et Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Paris, Stockholm, photo : Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Paris, Stockholm.
- Duane Hanson, Flea Market Lady, 1990, résine peinte à l’huile, fibre de verre, technique mixte, accessoires. Musée d’arts de Nantes , achat avec l’aide du FRAM, 2011 - Inv. 11.7.1.S © Musée d’arts de Nantes, photo : Cécile Clos © ADAGP, Paris, 2023.
- Gilles Barbier, Hello, 2014, résine peinte à l’huile, 31 x 80,5 x 12 cm. Courtesy Galerie G.P. & N. Vallois, Paris, photo : Martin Argyroglo / LVAN. © ADAGP, Paris, 2023.
- Sam Jinks, Sans titre (Babies), 2013, silicone, pigments, résine, cheveux naturels, 36 x 36 x 18 cm. Courtesy de l’artiste et Sullivan+Strumpf, photo : Sam Jinks.

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