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The Body Laid Bare: Masterpieces from Tate

Sat 18 Mar 2017 — Sun 16 Jul 2017

The Body Laid Bare: Masterpieces from Tate

Sat 18 Mar 2017 — Sun 16 Jul 2017

Encounter the human form – in all its complexity – in The Body Laid Bare: Masterpieces from Tate, Auckland Art Gallery’s major exhibition for 2017.

Beautiful, sensual and at times provocative, more than 100 artworks from Tate, London, tell the story of the nude and trace artists’ captivation with the human body over the last two centuries.

Journeying through time, from the classical, biblical and literary subjects of the 1800s to the body politics of contemporary art, The Body Laid Bare brings together masterpieces by renowned artists including JMW Turner, Auguste Rodin, Pierre Bonnard, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Louise Bourgeois, Cindy Sherman, Sarah Lucas and many more.

At the heart of the show is Auguste Rodin’s marble sculpture The Kiss which – although celebrated worldwide – is travelling beyond Europe for the first time. Other renowned works include Picasso’s Nude woman in a red chair (1932) and Bonnard’s The bath (1925).

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This exhibition originated at the Art Gallery of New South Wales as a co-curated collaboration with Tate.

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📷 Auguste Rodin, The Kiss 1901–4 (detail)
Tate: Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund and public contributions 1953. Image: © Tate, London 2017

Tickets

Any-day admission

General admission $23
Earlybird tickets  $18 
(available until 18 March or until sold out)
Concession $18
(Community Services Card holders, Seniors, Students with ID)
Children 12 and under FREE
(must be accompanied by an adult)
Members FREE – Become a Member

Adult groups

Booked guided tours for adult groups of 10 or more $20
(per person; must be booked two weeks in advance)

Partner offers

Rialto Cinemas Cine Buzz members $18
Delegates at Auckland Conventions’ venues $18

Open Late events

Open Late general admission $30
(4 April, 2 May, 13 June)

 

 

 

How to book

In advance

We're partnering with Eventfinda to offer online ticket sales for The Body Laid Bare

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On the day

You can also buy tickets on any day of the exhibition (Saturday 18 March – Sunday 16 July 2017) from the Gallery's information desk.

More information

Prices include GST. Booking and delivery fees, where charged, are additional to the admission price.

There is no entry charge for children aged 12 or under. 

Auckland Art Gallery Members go FREE. Present your membership card at the information desk on the day of your visit and you will be issued with a ticket to the exhibition. Members with guest passes may also bring their guests for FREE.

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Events

Our rich programme of special events is designed to complement your visit. Discover the history of the nude in art, uncover the personal stories behind the artworks, see and hear from New Zealand’s sharpest thinkers, and experience The Body Laid Bare after dark during our series of Open Late events. We're also offering free pop up themed tours of the exhibition at 1pm and 3pm daily.

The nude alone
is well dressed.
Auguste Rodin

Talks and tours

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Mark Stocker: Rodin exposed
Mark Stocker: Rodin exposed

1pm

Free

Join Dr Mark Stocker, Curator, Historical International Art, Te Papa Tongarewa, and noted commentator on Rodin, who will peel back the layers of The Kiss and other artworks by revealing the stories behind the man and his masterpieces.

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Robin Woodward: the changing ideal of the nude in art
Robin Woodward: the changing ideal of the nude in art

1pm

Exhibition entry applies

Join Dr Robin Woodward, Senior Lecturer Art History, University of Auckland as she discusses how the classical ideal of the nude maintained its hold over 19th century Western art. This was soon to be thrown out in the early part of the 20th century by a young Spaniard painting in Paris.

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Mary Kisler: Rodin's The Kiss
Mary Kisler: Rodin's The Kiss

1pm

Exhibition entry applies

Join Senior Curator Mary Kisler in the exhibition spaces for a short talk on one of Rodin’s best known sculptures, The Kiss.

Mary Kisler: Rodin's The Kiss

1pm

Exhibition entry applies

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Erin Griffey: Provocative bodies from Renaissance Italy to contemporary London
Erin Griffey: Provocative bodies from Renaissance Italy to contemporary London

1pm

Free

Join Dr Erin Griffey, Associate Professor, Art History at the University of Auckland, for an illustrated overview of key female nudes from Renaissance and Baroque art, which are then compared with contemporary nudes in the exhibition by artists such as Sarah Lucas and Cindy Sherman.

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Ron Brownson: the photography of David Wojnarowicz and John Coplans
Ron Brownson: the photography of David Wojnarowicz and John Coplans

1pm

Free

Join Senior Curator Ron Brownson for talk on the work of The Body Laid Bare artists David Wojnarowicz and John Coplans.

Open Lates series

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Open Late: Tiny Ruins (solo acoustic) and VICE DJs
Open Late: Tiny Ruins (solo acoustic) and VICE DJs

6–10pm

$30 + booking fee Buy tickets

Get up close and personal with Auckland Art Gallery's major exhibition The Body Laid Bare: Masterpieces from Tate after dark with a series of late night events featuring DJs, live music, and entry to the exhibition.

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Open Late: k2k and Hugo Jay
Open Late: k2k and Hugo Jay

6–10pm

$30 + booking fee Buy tickets

Get up close and personal with Auckland Art Gallery's major exhibition The Body Laid Bare: Masterpieces from Tate after dark with a series of late night events featuring DJs, live music, and entry to the exhibition.

Open Late: k2k and Hugo Jay

6–10pm

$30 + booking fee Buy tickets

Film programme

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Tarzan  and His Mate (1934)
Tarzan and His Mate (1934)

2pm

Free

The idyllic life of Tarzan and Jane is challenged by men on safari who come seeking ivory, and Jane as well.

Tarzan and His Mate (1934)

2pm

Free

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The Kiss Comes Home (2012)
The Kiss Comes Home (2012)

2.30pm, 3pm and 3.30pm

Free

This short documentary looks at the convoluted history of Rodin’s sculpture The Kiss, originally commissioned by a resident of Lewes at the beginning of the 20th century and now in the collection of Tate.

The Kiss Comes Home (2012)

2.30pm, 3pm and 3.30pm

Free

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Women in Love (1969)
Women in Love (1969)

1pm

Free

Two sisters are courted by two very different men in this acclaimed adaptation of the D H Lawrence classic Women In Love.

Women in Love (1969)

1pm

Free

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Blue Velvet (1986)
Blue Velvet (1986)

1pm

Free

In David Lynch’s electrifyingly original neo-noir horror-thriller, Kyle MacLachlan and Laura Dern play youngsters who become involved in the mystery surrounding a nightclub singer and are plunged into the dark, surreal depths of small-town America.

Blue Velvet (1986)

1pm

Free

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Blow-Up (1966)
Blow-Up (1966)

1pm

Free

Michelangelo Antonioni’s classic film about a London photographer who finds himself part of a murder mystery.

Blow-Up (1966)

1pm

Free

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Law of Desire (1987)
Law of Desire (1987)

1pm

Free

One of Almodóvar’s most autobiographical films, Law of Desire is a comic thriller depicting the complex relationship between filmmaker and fan.

Law of Desire (1987)

1pm

Free

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Love is the Devil: Study for a portrait of Francis Bacon (1998)
Love is the Devil: Study for a portrait of Francis Bacon (1998)

1pm

Free

Filmic portrait of the controversial Irish-born British figurative painter Francis Bacon and his masochistic relationship with his self-destructive younger lover.

Visit

Groups

Adult groups

Booked guided tours for adult groups of 10 or more should be booked at least two weeks in advance of your visit by emailing us with the details of your group, group size and preferred date(s) and time(s) of visit. Tours will last one hour and include admission into the exhibition. Concession pricing and Member discounts do not apply. Payment can be made at the Gallery's front desk on the day of your visit.

Unguided adult groups of 10 or more should also be booked at least two weeks in advance of your visit by emailing us with the details of your group, group size and preferred date(s) and time(s) of visit. Any-day admission pricing applies. Booking is strongly recommended and booked groups will be prioritised. Large groups will be admitted into the exhibition in smaller groups.

 

Education groups

All education group visits to The Body Laid Bare for 10 or more people should be booked at least two weeks in advance of your visit by emailing education@aucklandartgallery.com and must be confirmed by the Gallery in writing. For full details of adult group visits, as well as links to our programmes tailored to primary, secondary, tertiary and ESOL education groups, see below. Booked groups will be prioritised. Large groups will be admitted into the exhibition in smaller groups.

To make a booking, email us.

 

Early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary education group bookings

Nudity is depicted in this exhibition so guidance from a parent or guardian is recommended for younger viewers. Please contact us if you have any questions.

For all education groups participating in the Gallery’s facilitated schools programmes that feature a visit to The Body Laid Bare:

Early childhood groups FREE
Primary school groups FREE
Secondary school groups $10
Tertiary and ESOL groups $10


Teacher/helper-to-student ratios apply. Teachers/helpers up to the required ratio pay the student rate; teachers/helpers above the required ratio pay any-day admission rates.

Facilitated education programmes

Education groups that study a specific or limited number of artworks in The Body Laid Bare as part of a broader education programme will be charged the usual price for the schools programme in which they are participating. For details of these programmes, visit our Primary and Secondary pages and look out for references to The Body Laid Bare.

 

Photography
 

Photography and filming is not permitted in The Body Laid Bare, so please keep your camera or your smartphone in your pocket. View the Gallery's full photography policy

Extras

Shop

Visit our shop on the ground level or online for gifts inspired by The Body Laid Bare. Delve into designer items, including homewares and ceramics featuring the work of the Guerrilla Girls and Louise Bourgeois and toiletries by Aesop and Petalhead, or search out our limited-edition jewellery and tote bags. Alongside life-drawing supplies, postcards and prints of key artworks from the exhibition and more, you could also pick up a copy of Nude: art from the Tate collection, the exhibition’s companion book.

 

 

 

FAQs

When can I see The Body Laid Bare?

The Body Laid Bare: Masterpieces from Tate is on show at Auckland Art Gallery from Saturday 18 March – Sunday 16 July 2017. The exhibition is open during normal Gallery hours, 10am–5pm with the exception of our Open Late events on 4 April, 2 May and 13 June when it will be open 6–10pm.

Whose artworks are on display in The Body Laid Bare?

Alma-Tadema, Sir Lawrence
Archipenko, Alexander
Bacon, Francis
Bell, Vanessa
Bellmer, Hans
Bonnard, Pierre
Bourgeois, Louise
Brown, Cecily
Colquhoun, Ithell
Coplans, John
Curran, John
De Chirco, Georgio
De Kooning, William
Degas, Edgar
Delvaux, Paul
Dijkstra, Reneke
Draper, Herbet
Dumas, Marlene
Emin, Tracey
Etty, William
Ernst, Max
Freud, Lucian
Fuseli, Henry
Gaudier Drzeska, Henri
Giacometti, Alberto
Gilbert, Sir Alfred
Grant, Duncan
Gruber, Francis
Guerrilla Girls
Highmore, Joseph
 

 

Helion, Jean
Hendricks, Barkley
Hepworth, Dame Barbara
Hockney, David
John, Gwen
Klossowski de Rola, Balthus
Leighton, Frederic
Linder
Lewis, Wyndham
Matisse, Henri
Merritt, Anna Lea
Millais, ​Sir John Everett
Moore, Henry
Mulready, Willam
Neel, Alice
Nevinson, CRW
Picasso, Pablo
Ray, Man
Roberts, William
Rodin, Auguste
Schmidt-Rottluff, Karl
Sherman, Cindy
Sickert, Walter Richard
Sleigh, Sylvia
Smith, Sir Matthew
Spence, Jo
Spencer, Stanley Sir
Steer, Philip Wilson
Stevens, Alfred
Strang, William
Thornycroft, Sir Hamo
Turner, JMW
Wilke, Hannah
Wojnarowicz, David

Where is the exhibition located?

The Body Laid Bare is located on Level 1. Download a map of the Gallery.

How do I buy tickets?

In advance

We're partnering with Eventfinda to offer online ticket sales for The Body Laid Bare

BUY TICKETS

On the day

You can also buy tickets on any day of the exhibition (Saturday 18 March – Sunday 16 July 2017) from the Gallery's information desk.

Are there discounts for children?

Children aged 12 and under are FREE. Please note that children aged under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

How do I become a Member and see the exhibition for free?

Gallery Members receive free unlimited entry to The Body Laid Bare and all ticketed exhibitions at Auckland Art Gallery.

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Do groups – including education groups – need to make a booking?

Yes. Bookings for groups of 10 or more people should be made in advance by emailing education@aucklandartgallery.com with the details of your group, group size and preferred date(s) and time(s) of visit.

Booked groups will be prioritised.

What are the terms and conditions of sale?

For online tickets, Eventfinda's standard terms and conditions apply.

Can I enter more than once with my ticket?

Any-day tickets provide you with exhibition admission on a single day only, but you may visit the exhibition more than once during that day. Open Late tickets are only valid on the evening of the event for which they have been purchased.

Auckland Art Gallery Members and Members Guests receive FREE unlimited entry to The Body Laid Bare.

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Why is there a charge for this exhibition?

Your ticket price contributes to the costs involved in bringing an international exhibition of this scale and calibre to New Zealand.

Do I need a ticket for the rest of the Gallery?

No. Entry to Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is free. All other exhibitions, the Todd Foundation Creative Learning Centre and the E H McCormick Research Library remain free of charge.

How much time should I allow to view the exhibition?

We recommend allowing at least 60 minutes to view The Body Laid Bare. Last entry will be at 4pm daily.

Is there a programme of events associated with The Body Laid Bare?

Yes, The Body Laid Bare is accompanied by a special visitor programme. See What’s on for more details. You can also subscribe to our fortnightly enewsletter to receive the latest information on upcoming events straight to your email inbox – sign up at the bottom of any page on our website.

Can I join a tour of the exhibition?

We provide everyone with a free visitor guide to the exhibition to help you get the most from your visit.

Free pop-up themed tours of The Body Laid Bare will also be offered at 1pm and 3pm daily as part of our programme of special events. Tour themes: 

  • Heart Laid Bare
  • Dream Laid Bare
  • The Soul Laid Bare

If you are an adult group of 10 or more, you may also book a longer, guided tour of the exhibition. Tours should be booked at least two weeks in advance of your visit by emailing us with the details of your group, group size and preferred date(s) and time(s) of visit. Tours will last one hour and include admission into the exhibition. Concession pricing and Member discounts do not apply. Payment can be made at the Gallery's front desk on the day of your visit.

Is there a catalogue?

Yes, Nude: Art from the Tate Collection is available for purchase in our shop on the ground level for $50 ($45 for Members) and online. Published by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the 224-page book is split up into eight sections and features introductory essays by Emma Chambers (curator, modern British art at Tate, London) and Justin Paton (head of international art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney).

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Can I take photographs in the exhibition?

No. Photography and filming is not permitted in The Body Laid Bare due to copyright restrictions, so please keep your camera or your smartphone in your pocket. View the Gallery's full photography policy

Is The Body Laid Bare suitable for families and children?

Families with children of all ages are very welcome, although due to the nature of some of the content in the exhibition, parental guidance is advised.

Children aged 12 and under go FREE to The Body Laid Bare.

Please note we don't allow food or drink in the exhibition and ask that you don't touch the artworks.

After viewing the exhibition, extend your visit with a trip to Todd Foundation Learning Centre exhibition Once Upon a Time in Art or join a Family drop-in on Saturdays from 1–3pm.

Can I see The Body Laid Bare anywhere else?

The Auckland exhibition is your only chance to see The Body Laid Bare in New Zealand. 

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