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„Phantoms and Other Illusions“

KAI 10 | ARTHENA FOUNDATION, Düsseldorf 10.02.–3.09.2023


Participating artists: Dove Allouche, Ismael Joffroy Chandoutis, Alice Channern, Wolfgang

Ellenrieder, Friederike Feldmann, Anais Lelievre, Echo Can Luo, Marge Monko, Nedko Solakov, David Zink Yi.


Visual deceptions, spatial illusions and suggestions of specific material qualities with completely different materials were already to be found in pictorial and sculptural representations of antiquity. In modern art, however, methods of illusion and deception were rather disapproved of. As Ernst H. Gombrich states in his book Art and Illusion (1960), the ability of craftsmen to imitate nature faithfully was no longer regarded as a genuine artistic quality. Only in the realm of surrealism was it used extensively, in order to make fictions and fantasy worlds appear real.




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