Thrill of Deception. From Ancient Art to Virtual Reality
Art invariably plays with our senses: With examples from painting, sculpture, video, architecture, design, fashion and interactive virtual-reality works, the exhibition weaves a highly entertaining path through the (art) history of appearance and illusion.
Art invariably plays with our senses, reminding us how easily we are deceived. From the frescoes of antiquity that simulate spatial depth, baroque church interiors that seem to soar aloft, joining the earthly realm to heavenly spheres, right through to modern computer-generated virtual worlds that offer an interactive experience, artists have invariably availed themselves of prevailing optical and technical developments to contrive new elements of design that outwit the beholder and confound him with their skill. With examples from painting, sculpture, video, architecture, design, fashion and interactive virtual-reality works, the exhibition weaves a wide-ranging and highly entertaining path through (art) history and the visual forms of appearance and illusion. By juxtaposing objects from different centuries according to theme, the exhibition reveals surprising traditions and invites visitors to keep an open mind while engaging with their surroundings.