Artists enjoy fooling our senses. They do it more often and more subtly than one thinks. This concept comes to life in the exhibition ‘Art and Illusions – Masterpieces of Trompe-l’oeil from Antiquity to the Present Day’ (October 2009 – January 2010) and the illusionist’s hatbox designed by Wanny Di Filippo for the occasion.
The hatbox is full of games engaging the five senses of touch, taste, smell, hearing and sight. Meanwhile, the outside of the case teases the viewer. Dark brown bison casing with a natural cowhide finish is adorned with a lenticular hologram of a boy fleeing from a golden frame. This is the reproduction of “Escapando de la critica” (1874) by the Spanish painter and illustrator Pere Borrel del Caso.