Auckland Art Gallery unveils an exploration of the nude in art in The Body Laid Bare: Masterpieces from Tate, including pieces from Picasso to Matisse
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Historical art movements from the late 19th and 20th centuries come together in The Body Laid Bare: Masterpieces from Tate.
“This is a one-off opportunity in New Zealand to see key works by European and American artists,” says principal curator, Zara Stanhope. The exhibition includes pieces by Auguste Rodin – ‘The Kiss’ (1901) being the star of the show – Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Louise Bourgeois, among many others.
Encompassing symbolism, romanticism, modern art and surrealism, the exhibition also includes a small number of works from the gallery’s own collection, as well as additional information researched by the curators.
Does Stanhope have a favourite? “It’s difficult to single out one,” she says. “‘The Kiss’ is the star of course, and paintings by Max Ernst and Giorgio de Chirico are favourites from my student days. There are also two beguiling paintings by South African-born artist Marlene Dumas that invite contemplation and suggest some paradoxes and politics of both the body and painting.”
The Body Laid Bare: Masterpieces from Tate is on until 16 July.
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