Hour At The Museum: Beyond Reality, presented by Mulan Gallery

Beyond Reality, presented by Mulan Gallery, is an exhibition showcasing the hyperrealist works of five artists. Featuring extremely precise details and mastery of technique, the pieces seem to transcend reality.


By Emanuele Dascanio, charcoal and graphite on Schoeller paper, 78x70cm

Drawing inspiration from the warmth of Renaissance art as well as the coldness of iconic Flemish poetry, the Italian artist questions the notion of freedom, which is presented ironically as a heavy wreath of flowers.


By Kang Hyung Koo, oil on aluminium, 120x240cm

In the South Korean painter's hyperrealistic portraits of iconic personalities, his subjects' eyes are the focal point. He also invites viewers to appreciate other character-defining features of the individuals, such as their facial contours and the shape and expression of their nose, mouth and hair.

  • WHERE: Mulan Gallery, 01-07, 36 Armenian Street

    MRT: City Hall/Bras Basah

    WHEN: Till Feb 27, 11.30am to 6.30pm (Tuesday to Saturday), closed on Sunday, Monday and public holiday


    INFO: www.mulangallery.com.sg

NVA 15 (2014)

By Paul Cadden, pencil on paper, 41x64cm

This Scottish painter invites viewers to observe the world, questioning whether we take the time to appreciate what we see around us.


By Philipp Weber, oil on linen, 60x70cm

The German artist uses hyper- realism to weave a story that goes beyond the image. In this painting, he makes it hard for viewers to tell if the subject is an ingenue or seductress.

BLESS 10: ANTONIA (2014)

By Philipp Weber, oil on linen, 120x80cm

As with White Heart 11: Kristina, there is the mystery of whether this is a meditative ritual symbolising new beginnings or an immersion that underlies a profound sadness. This uncertainty is what the artist is interested in presenting.

THINKING 5 (2014)

By Yun Wee Dong, watercolour on Korean paper, 54x96 cm

The South Korean painter favours the use of watercolour, a medium he feels best expresses the delicate details in his works, such as hair and pores. This work depicts a girl from China he knew. He wanted to capture her philosophical nature and ideas of the afterlife.

CONTRAST 80 (2012)

By Yun Wee Dong, watercolour on Korean paper, 116x98 cm

In this work, the image focuses on the hands and feet of the model. Her pose, coupled with her foot being in a cast, suggests she is going through a difficult period and hints at loneliness.

Nabilah Said

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 19, 2016, with the headline 'HourAtTheMuseum'. Print Edition | Subscribe