Museum contemporary sculpture exhibit to close soon

A newborn baby, still bloody from the womb sits to the right – the size of a large pickup truck. On the left, a couple lies cuddling with worried looks on their faces, and each of them no more than one foot long.This is a scene viewers will experience at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, which is currently hosting the works of renowned contemporary sculptor Ron Mueck.

According to the Modern’s Web site, Mueck, who began his career making puppets for Jim Henson’s “The Muppet Show,” has lent 13 of his sculptures to the museum for this special exhibit that opened June 24.

Erin Starr White, a curatorial research assistant at the museum, defines Mueck’s sculptures as hyper-realistic.

The works on display range in size from 20 feet (In Bed) to 10 inches (Baby) and are made to look realistic through details such as discolorations and imperfections of the skin and lifelike coloring of eyes, White said.

Stephanie Isak, a senior criminal justice major, visited the exhibit after she saw an advertisement at the Kimbell Art Museum.

“The sculptures were so lifelike,” Isak said. “The intricate details of the human body made each sculpture interesting to look at.”

According to the Modern’s Web site, Mueck’s sculptures have traveled from London to Sydney to Harlem, and the London National Gallery named him the Associate Artist for two years.

Mueck’s works will be on display at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth through Oct. 21. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for students and senior citizens.