The body – in all its complexity – will be explored 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 the Tate, London, will 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' (pictured above) which – although celebrated worldwide – is travelling outside Europe for the first time. Other renowned works include Picasso’s 'Nude woman in a red chair' (1932) and Bonnard’s 'The bath' (1925).
The presentation of this exhibition is a collaboration between Tate and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.
'The Kiss' 1901–4 (detail)
Tate: Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund and public contributions 1953
Photo credit: © Tate, London 2016