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April 2014
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« Duane Hanson, sculptures of the American dream » at the Musée d’Ixelles.

Duane Hanson, Man on Mower, 1995 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2013, Courtesy of Institute for Cultural Exchange, SABAM Belgium 2014

Hypnotized by the early human form and the multitude of its attitudes, Duane Hanson made carvings in wood, bronze and polyester.

Although he tried to focus on abstraction, he found it difficult to deviate from figuration. Pop Art allowed him to choose realism as a mode of expression. Between 1965 and 1996, he produced more than 140 sculptures of men and women, represented with a high degree of realism, but also a touch of illusion in the process. Duane Hanson explored the fragility of human nature over the course of his work, which impress with the sheer force of their resemblance to real living beings, their hyperrealism. A reflection on the human condition of modern man, isolated, lost, plagued by loneliness and alienation.
Until May 25

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