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The Real of Unreal

2020.06.06 - 2020.09.06
  • Artistic Director:
    Sunny Sun
  • Curator:
    Li Jie, Cai Liyuan
  • Artist:
    Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács
  • Organizer:
    LUXELAKES·A4 Art Museum

Exhibition information

In 1933, René Magritte painted The Human Condition. The work depicts a landscape painting in front of a window, placed so that the painting blends into the landscape outside—the real and the fictional worlds fuse. The illusion produced by the work is an allegory for ordinary human life; we live between the real and the unreal and we exist in a world in which these things are both parallel and correlated.

Dutch artists Persijn Broersen and Margit Lukács have continued with this motif, bringing the focus of attention to the middle zone between reality and allegory. The landscapes, territories, and materiality that they explore in their work always float between the real and the fictional. Richly metaphorical background themes, cultural materials, and manmade settings create engrossing temporal and spatial experiences for viewers, which abound in information and ways to understand it. As we delve into their works, we are drawn deep into a carefully constructed ecosystem of mediums that involves nature, history, and media and brims with elements that influence and transform one another.

In “The Real of Unreal” Broersen and Lukács “hope the exhibition will create an accessible space between past and present, culture and nature, between the fictional, the mythical, and the real.” In their recent video, music, installation, and digital image works, viewers are situated within a wilderness, a primeval forest, or a cultural ruin formed from the admixture of reality and the digital world. The artists are not satisfied with presenting the uncertainty of reality or offering immersive experiences in fictional realms. The critical consciousness in their work is often hidden behind a depiction of nature, urging us to re-examine the cognitive blind spots and interrelationships between humans, nature, and the manmade world.

Installation Views


凤凰艺术 | 姜俊:歧途与虚无——A4美术馆夏季双个展

凤凰艺术 2020-06-24 23:20


A4am 2020-08-22 21:41

Art in Times of Corona: ‘Real of the Unreal’ in China

DutchCulture 2020.6.26 12:00 In times where hardly any offline events take place, the Dutch artists Persijn Broersen and Margit Lukács opened a solo exhibition in Chengdu’s A4 Art Museum.