The human form will be on show in all its glory and complexity in Auckland Art Gallery's major exhibition for 2017. 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.
The Body Laid Bare: Masterpieces from Tate will journey from the classical, biblical and literary subjects of the 1800s to the body politics of contemporary art, bringing together works by the likes of: 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 is travelling beyond Europe for the first time. Other works include Picasso's Nude woman in a red chair and Bonnard's The bath.
The gallery will celebrate the exhibition with a series of late night events through autumn featuring live music, refreshments and entry to the exhibition. Next in line will be a special DJ set from Wellington downtempo house artist k2k and Auckland electro producer Hugo Jay.