There is so much nudity in the media particularly in the cinema and clothes are so skimpy that this exhibition has attracted no controversy, no calls for it to be shut down and as such you can visit the exhibition and admire the artwork itself.
One is astonished to read when researching that when August Rodin’s The Kiss was first exhibited in England it was covered in a sheet for fear it would corrupt local youth.
This exhibition extracts from the Tate Collection over 100 nudes covering 200 years of art history from the 1800s to the present.I love the wow factor that the towering giants of art impart, so I was thrilled to see works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Pierre Bonnard, Francis Bacon, Lucien Freud, David Hockney and Cindy Sherman, to name but a few…
The other pleasure is that the exhibition has been beautifully curated by Emma Chambers and Justin Paton and the audio tours are complimentary.
The free pamphlet outlines the controversies and attacks on nude art from the West’s greatest artists as a counterpoint to what we are viewing completely unhindered.
The exhibition features nudes presented in a number of settings from the mundane domestic to the surreal and the futuristic. There are politicised nudes, gay nudes and nudes portrayed with a sense of humour.
This current exhibition has been promoted with the huge Rodin sculpture being its main selling point. There are, however, many more gems and surprises that delight, amuse and even educate.
Images Ben Apfelbaum (c).