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Ron Mueck

29 June - 17 November 2024

In the summer of 2024, Voorlinden is creating an extraordinary world within its museum walls with an overwhelming solo exhibition by Ron Mueck. Thanks to his unparalleled craftsmanship and incredible attention to detail, he creates stunningly realistic and intimate sculptures. At Voorlinden, you will see early and recent work by the former puppet maker. And you will discover that Mueck’s work goes beyond realism and beyond that incredible attention to the smallest details; it is a physical experience!

The Australian sculptor Ron Mueck (1958) is known in the Netherlands for his Couple under an Umbrella. This work is one of Voorlinden’s permanent highlights. Mueck worked as a professional puppeteer and puppet maker for 20 years before he started making hyper-realistic sculptures. Thanks to his unprecedented craftsmanship and incredible attention to detail, he creates stunningly realistic and intimate images – each of Mueck’s works exudes life and emotion. At Voorlinden, you will see how he flawlessly conveys universal feelings and physical experiences with very large and very small works.

Ron Mueck: ‘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.


Header image: Ron Mueck, Man in Blankets, 2000 – Collection museum Voorlinden