17 August 2018 – 13 January 2019

Thrill of Deception

From Ancient Art to Virtual Reality

Art invariably plays with our senses, reminding us how easily we are deceived. Since antiquity, artists have contrived new ways of fooling us und confounding us with their craftsmanship. With examples from painting, sculpture, video, architecture, design, fashion and interactive virtual-reality works, the exhibition weaves a highly entertaining path through the (art) history of appearance and illusion. More information here.

Exhibition poster
1 February – 30 June 2019


The splendour of Japanese chivalry.
The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection

The Samurai dominated Japan’s history for centuries, not just as warriors but as the political élite. Their legends are tales of courage and discipline, loyalty and noble self-sacrifice – interwoven with betrayal, intrigue and ruthless violence. Exquisitely wrought in precious metals and sumptuous materials, their armour was not merely a protective covering, but also an imposing status symbol. The exhibition brings the fascinating history of Japanese chivalry to life with a magnificent array of objects.

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