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Auckland Art Gallery’s most daring exhibition yet is not to be missed

Article by Simply You

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From Pablo Picasso to Cindy Sherman, The Body Laid Bare explores the naked body.

Locked in a marble embrace, adulterous lovers Paolo Malatesta and Francesca da Rimini of Dante’s famous Inferno, pose at the heart of Auckland Art Gallery’s major exhibition for the year, The Body Laid Bare: Masterpieces from Tate. The key piece in the exhibition, a sculpture by Auguste Rodin called The Kiss, arrives with more than 100 other artworks from London’s Tate Modern destined for the exclusive Auckland exhibition.

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Left; Henri Matisse, Draped Nude, 1936. Right; Cindy Sherman, Untitled #97, 1982.

To tell the story of the naked body, sensual and provocative artworks have been curated from a range of mediums, including Pablo Picasso’s painting Nude Woman in a Red Chair to Cindy Sherman’s stylised Untitled #97 photograph of a woman holding a red towel.

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Left; Tracey Emin, The Last Thing I Said to You was Don’t Leave Me Here II, 2000. Right; Wilson Steer, Seated Nude The Black Hat, c.1900.

Other renowned artists in the not-to-be missed exhibition include JMW Turner, Pierre Bonnard, Louise Bourgeois, and Henri Matisse. The Body Laid Bare is on show from 18 March to 16 July 2017. Tickets cost $23, with free entry for members and children under 12 years.

Words: Jessica-Belle Greer, Simply You
Main photo: Auguste Rodin, The Kiss 1901–4. Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund and public contributions 1953. Photo credit: © Tate London 2016.