14 & 15
10:00 - 18:00
Manipulating Human Beings

Hyper Weekend

Come to the Hyper Weekend during National Museum Week to find out more about hyperrealism and the degree to which human beings can be manipulated! On Saturday 14 April the focus lies on reflection and inspiration and on Sunday 15 April the Kunsthal FAMILY day offers fun activities for both young and old.

Programme Saturday 14 April

Who is Afraid of the Perfect Human Being? - Lecture

Professor Maartje Schermer, PhD, will give a presentation on the ethics of human augmentation. Genetic manipulation, plastic surgery and biotechnology are all techniques that enable us to alter humans and their surroundings. How far should we – and are we allowed to – take human augmentation?

Special Tour*

To what degree can humans be manipulated? Plastic surgeon Xander Smit takes visitors on a tour of the exhibition ‘Hyperrealism Sculpture’!


Get busy at the KunsthalLAB and create a hyperrealist image of yourself.

Guided Tours*

Stand face to face with the – occasionally extremely lifelike – sculptures in the exhibition Hyperrealism Sculpture. With the help of a guide visitors can find out more about the work of artists such as Ron Mueck, Sam Jinks, Evan Penny and Maurizio Cattelan.

Spoken Word

The word artists Y.M.P, Yasmin Rustom, Vieira N’kosi & Patrick Ribeiro from production house Flow and Sprakuhloos use their stories to take visitors on a journey. Experience the exhibition from a different perspective!

Still Life: Ron Mueck at Work

The Saturday programme is rounded off at the Auditorium with a screening of the documentary ‘Still Life: Ron Mueck at Work’. The French film maker Gautier Deblonde captured the working process of the Australian artist Ron Mueck, with unique footage of his studio.


Saturday Programma

11:00 - 11:45  Special tour*
12:00 - 12:45 Special tour*
13:00 - 13:45  Guided tour*
14:00 - 14:30  Who is Afraid of the Perfect Human Being?- Lecture
14:00 - 14:45 Guided tour Hyperrealism Sculpture*
15:00 - 15:30 Spoken word
15:30 - 16:30  Still Life: Ron Mueck at Work
16:00 - 16:45  Guided tour Hyperrealism Sculpture*
Continuous  Workshop

*If you would like to be sure of a place in one of the special or guided tours, please make your reservation through contacting reserveren@kunsthal.nl.

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Ordinary Man (2009/2010), Zharko Basheski. Photograph: Fred Ernst
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Photograph: Fred Ernst

Programma Sunday 15 April, Family day

Stories for toddlers and pre-schoolers

Flop into one of the bean bags at the Auditorium and listen to an imaginative story for the tiniest of tots.

Theatre Tours*

Join Studio de Bakkerij for a theatre tour of the exhibition 'Hyperrealism Sculpture’. Can you spot look-alikes? And how good are you at imitating the sculptures yourself? This lively tour is meant for kids aged 6 to 12 (and their parents). Apply for the tour on the day at the Kunsthal.

Poppin' & Lockin’

The dancers of the Hiphophuis can teach you all the tips & tricks of poppin’ & lockin’. No idea what that means? Than be sure to drop by to watch and participate!

Family Tours*

A five meter long baby, a floating person and a small hybrid creature. During the family tour of the exhibition Hyperrealism Sculpture you will sometimes encounter lifelike sculptures. Is this real?!

The Super Human Show

If there were ‘Super humans’, how would they look? And what super powers should they possess? Join us to think and participate! Together with the public the students of the Grafisch Lyceum Rotterdam will create the ‘ultimate human being’.

Look&Do Tour

Discover the exhibition Hyperrealism Sculpture while drawing during the Look&Do tour. 


Get to work at the KunsthalLAB and help create a hyperrealist work of art!

Sunday Family Day Programme

10:30 - 10:45 Stories for toddlers
10:30 - 11:00  Theatre tour*
11:00 - 11:15 Sotries for toddlers and pre-schoolers
11:30 - 12:00 Theatre tour*
12:30 - 13:00  Theatre tour*
13:00 - 13:30 Poppin'& Lockin'
13:30 -14:00 Family Tour*
14:00 - 14:30 Poppin' & Lockin'
14:30 - 15:00  Family tour*
15:00 - 15:45 The Super Human Show
15:30 - 16:00 Family Tour*
Continuous Hy-Hy-HyperLAB

*apply for the theatre and family tours on the day at the Kunsthal.

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