Duane Hanson’s exhibition in the Serpentine Sackler Gallery

Yesterday evening opened an exhibition of Duane Hanson in the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. The exhibition shows a collection of the artist’s sculptures produced between the mid-1970s and the mid-1990s.

The subject of each sculpture of the avarage person, could be anyone from the society of workers. According to the press release, ‘Hanson sought to produce characters representative of everyday people to achieve a ‘tough realism’ that would hold a mirror up to the trivialities and banalities of daily life. ‘ A cleaner, a painter, a group of constructers, an old couple, or a farmer just to say a few examples.

There is one thing in common in all of them: they all show tired sentiment towards their lives.

What made the exhibition really interesting was the viewers’ reaction. Rich, well-dressed people looking at the scultpures with pity or with sarcasm, taking photos posing with them. Did they realise that what they see, is the reality of most of the people? That a huge percentage of the society work every day hard to provide the food and the basics for the family?

The deep sadness on the face of the scupltures might be exaggerating, but together with the viewers makes sence. Probably we see through the cleaners or the people who cut the grass like ghosts also in our daily life.

It’s a beautiful exhibition really with a mirror which is up to us what we see in.

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