Ron Mueck's Exhibition
The Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain invited Australian artist Ron Mueck to exhibit an ensemble of sculptures previously unseen in France, along with iconic pieces from his career. Visitors to Parisian exhibition have a chance to discover his monumental installation ‘Mass’ (2017), presented for the first time outside Australia.
Ron Mueck’s uncanny and convincing characters, always sculpted on an astonishing scale, take months, or sometimes years, to create. From a period of just over 25 years his total oeuvre consists of 48 works, the most recent were created for this exhibition’s opening.
The works of Ron Mueck, at once deeply mysterious, imbue reality with a dreamlike quality inviting the audience to confront their own relationship to the body and, more broadly, to existence.
The ‘Mass’ comprises one hundred giant human skulls piled high and reconfigured by the artist for each venue. The installation offers a physical and psychological experience that captivates visitors and encourages them to reflect on fundamental aspects of human existence. Also exhibited for the first time in France is ‘Dead Weight’ (2021), a cast-iron skull weighing in at nearly two tons.
The exhibition unveiled a spectacular new work created especially for the exhibition, a menacing group of large dogs. Mueck was already harbouring the project of this piece during preparations for his 2013 solo show here.
The exhibition is running at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris until November 5, 2023.