"Visual Deception" Exhibition

Bunkamura Museum of Art

poster for "Visual Deception" Exhibition

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Trompe-l’oeil painting boasts a long history in Western art. In antiquity, already, skillful artists did their best to depict on a flat surface of a painting the three-dimensional contours of an object with such verisimilitude that the viewer mistook the painting for the real thing. Of course, the challenge lay in painting the illusion of something that was not really there, but instead of stopping at mere whimsy, trompe-l’oeil painting underwent multiple developments. Often, it expressed the painter’s most profound beliefs, and sometimes it made use of the latest scientific research in the fields of optics and perspective. This exhibition brings together paintings ranging from classic works of the 16th and 17th centuries to modern masters like Dali and Magritte, but it also contains witty examples by Japanese artists. Now as in the past, people have always been fascinated by trompe-l’oeil. After seeing this exhibition, you will understand why.

[Image: Giuseppe Arcimboldo, "Vertumnus/Rudolf II" (ca. 1590), oil on wood, Skokloster Castle, Sweden]



From 2009-06-13 To 2009-08-16



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