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).
This exhibition originated at the Art Gallery of New South Wales as a co-curated collaboration with Tate.
📷 Auguste Rodin, The Kiss 1901–4 (detail)
Tate: Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund and public contributions 1953. Image: © Tate, London 2017