Ron Mueck’s Hyper-realistic Human Sculptures Are On Display at MFAH

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“I never made life-size figures because it never seemed to be interesting. We meet life-size people every day. [Altering the scale] makes you take notice in a way that you wouldn’t do with something that’s just normal,” ABC 13 quotes Ron Mueck, an artist known for his hyper-realistic sculptural work.

Interestingly, Mueck has found fame in the art world while only having roughly 40 pieces in circulation. The show at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) will display 13 of his works. The collection will include sculptures depicting a self-portrait, a teen inspecting a knife wound on his chest and a larger-than-life aging couple lounging under an umbrella.

Coming face to face with Mueck’s pieces can feel jarring since they’re so perfectly life-like. It appears as though any of his sculptures might come to life at any moment and wonder why you’re staring at them. As says, “Gazing at a Ron Mueck sculpture, you confront what it means to be human at a level that’s more than skin deep – literally through pores and hair and body fluids.”

The exhibition opens this week and runs through May 29th in the MFAH’s Beck Building. Tickets are available on their website for $13- 18.