Thrill of Deception
From Ancient Art to Virtual Reality
“The world wants to be deceived”, as the old saying goes. In the arts, deceptions can even be a source of delight. Time and again since antiquity, artists have invented new ways of manipulating our perception and confounding us with their craftsmanship. From flawless imitations of materials to the creation of three-dimensionality or – highly topical – virtual worlds, into which we are immersed instead of remaining mere observers. With approximately 100 works from painting, sculpture, photography, video and design, juxtaposed with large-scale media installations, the exhibition traces a wide-ranging path through (art) history and the visual forms of appearance and Illusion.