Mass By Ron Mueck: 100 Fiberglass And Resin Skulls Celebrate A Form That Links Us As A Species

Ron Mueck is one of 100 international creatives that have contributed work to the NGV Triennial exhibition which currently runs at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne through April 18, 2018. Inspired by the complex biological structure of the human skull, which the artist considers beautiful and extraordinary, Ron Mueck’s new work ‘Mass’ celebrates a form that links us as a species. Mass is also a somber study of mortality, and comprising 100 individual human skulls it calls to mind iconic images of massed remains in the Paris catacombs as well as the documentation of contemporary human atrocities in Cambodia, Rwanda, Srebrenica and Iraq. The skull has been a potent symbol within the art of virtually all cultures and religions, not least the Western history of art, including in Dutch still-life painting and the vanitas painting genre of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries which served as a reminder of the transience of life.

Mass by Ron Mueck: 100 fiberglass and resin skulls celebrate a form that links us as a species

Mass by Ron Mueck: 100 fiberglass and resin skulls celebrate a form that links us as a species

Mass by Ron Mueck: 100 fiberglass and resin skulls celebrate a form that links us as a species

Mass by Ron Mueck: 100 fiberglass and resin skulls celebrate a form that links us as a species

Mass by Ron Mueck: 100 fiberglass and resin skulls celebrate a form that links us as a species

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