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The Body Laid Bare – Masterpieces from Tate

18 Mar 2017 - 16 Jul 2017

Auguste Rodin, The Kiss. Photo Credit: ©Tate, London 2016.

Saturday 18 March 2017, 10.00am - Sunday 16 July 2017, 5.00pm

Gallery open: 10am-5pm daily


Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, corner Kitchener & Wellesley streets, Auckland CBD

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  • General admission $23*
  • Concession $18*
  • Members – Free
  • Children (12 & under) – Free

*Additional fees may apply



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The Body Laid Bare: Masterpieces from Tate – 18 Mar - 16 Jul 2017.

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.

At the heart of the show is Auguste Rodin’s marble sculpture 'The Kiss', 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).

Visitor programme

A comprehensive programme of events, many of them free, complements Auckland Art Gallery’s celebrated exhibition The Body Laid Bare: Masterpieces from Tate with something for every art-lover to enjoy.

Please note, session times are subject to change, please check Auckland Art Gallery’s website for any updates.

Drop-in Life Drawing

Sundays: 2 July & 16 July, 12pm-4pm | FREE

Auckland artist Paris Kirby will guide participants through a figure-drawing class with a live nude model. Materials supplied, no experience required.

Film – Love is the Devil: Study for a portrait of Francis Bacon (1998) (R18)

Saturday 1 July, 1pm | FREE

Director John Maybury’s insightful portrait of the controversial English painter Francis Bacon and his masochistic relationship with his self-destructive younger lover.

Film – A Bigger Splash (1974)

Sunday 9 July, 1pm | FREE

Director Jack Hazan created this biopic about British artist David Hockney’s lingering breakup with his then partner Peter Scheslinger during the period 1970 to 1973.

Film – Law of Desire (1987) (M)

Saturday 15 July, 1pm | FREE

A comic thriller depicting the complex relationship between filmmaker and fan. The film was revolutionary at the time of release with Director Pedro Almodóvar debating questions of gender long before the subject gained mainstream acceptance.

Film – The Kiss Comes Home (2012) (G)

Sunday 16 July, 2pm, 2.30pm & 3pm | FREE

This short documentary looks at the convoluted history of Rodin’s The Kiss, originally commissioned by a resident of Lewes at the beginning of the 20th century and now on show at Auckland Art Gallery in The Body Laid Bare.


1pm & 3pm daily | Exhibition entry fee applies 

Pop-up themed tours of The Body Laid Bare are offered at 1pm and 3pm daily, free with exhibition entry.