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The Body Laid Bare – Masterpieces from Tate

18 Mar 2017 - 16 Jul 2017

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*
  • Early bird (14 Feb - 17 Mar) $18*
  • 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).

Public programme highlights

Saturday 18 March, 6pm-9pm: Figure Drawing | Free

Engage in one of visual art’s most essential disciplines – drawing the figure from a live model. No experience required. Materials and easel supplied.

Saturday 18 March, 7pm: Curator’s Tour of The Body Laid Bare | Exhibition entry fee applies

Join Justin Paton, Head Curator, International Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales and co-curator of the exhibition, on a tour that will focus on some of his favourite artworks.

Sunday 19 March, 1pm: Curator’s Talk – The making of an exhibition | Free 

Emma Chambers, Curator, Modern British Art at Tate, London and co-curator of The Body Laid Bare, introduces concepts and themes in the exhibition and discusses how the works were selected.

Monday 20 March, 1pm: Curator’s Talk – Emma Chambers: Some of my favourites | Exhibition entry fee applies 

Emma Chambers, Curator, Modern British Art at Tate, London, and co-curator of The Body Laid Bare, holds a tour of the exhibition and discusses some of her favourite works.

Sunday 26 March, 11.15am and 2pm: Tour – Patricia Jean-Louis for French Language Day | Exhibition entry fee applies 

Join Patricia Jean-Louis for a tour through the exhibition in English (with a hint of French), focusing on the French artists Pierre Bonnard, Henri Matisse, Auguste Rodin and Jean Hélion, as well as on artists who were based in France at some point, Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giocometti, Man Ray and Louise Bourgeois.

Sunday 26 March, 1pm: Talk – Chief Censor with Metro Editor: Censoring The Body Laid Bare | Free

Join New Zealand Chief Censor Dr Andrew Jacks and Metro Editor Susannah Walker as they consider when ‘naked’ becomes ‘nude’, how this makes an image acceptable and/or justified, and when the body laid bare requires a censorship rating. Join us for a unique insight into the issue of censorship and the naked nude.

Sunday 2 April, 1pm: Talk – Lonely Founders Helene Morris and Steve Ferguson with Assistant Curator Emma Jameson | Free

Join Helene Morris and Steve Ferguson, founders of lingerie brand Lonely, as they share their insights with Auckland Art Gallery Assistant Curator Emma Jameson. Discover the ethos behind the Lonely advertising campaigns that celebrate positive body image, expression and empowerment.