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Two weeks remain to see the critically acclaimed Nude: art from the Tate collection

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Henri Matisse Draped nude (Femme nue drapée) 1936 oil paint on canvas 45.7 × 37.5 cm Image © Tate, London 2016. View gallery of images at Art Gallery of NSW.

In a partnership between Tate, London and the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney, Nude: art from the Tate collection presents over 100 major representations of the nude, including paintings, sculptures, photographs and prints by renowned artists such as Pablo Picasso, Lucian Freud, Henri Matisse, Louise Bourgeois, Marlene Dumas and Sarah Lucas.

If you’re interested in visiting this remarkable exhibition, get in quick, as there are only fourteen days left before it closes on Sunday 5 February. The presentation of this exhibition is part of the 2016-17 Sydney International Art Series.

With over 100 major representations of the nude, the exhibition is a showcase of many major art movements including romanticism, cubism, expressionism, realism, surrealism and feminism. Nude: art from the Tate Collection conveys a story of beauty, truth, desire, vulnerability and human drama. Auguste Rodin’s renowned sculpture The Kiss 1901 – 04 is at the heart of the show, with a profound and controversial history as one of art’s most popular images of sexual love. This is the first time that this acclaimed piece has left Europe.

Likewise, this week is the last chance to attend Nude at Night, which features free talks and performances. This Saturday will also host a special double lecture at 2pm, featuring celebrated scholars Wendy Steiner from the University of Pennsylvania and Ruth Barcan from the University of Sydney, who will address a range of ideas arising from this one-of-a-kind exhibition.

“The exhibition memorialises an unforgettable fusing of body and soul in August Rodin’s white marble The Kiss.” Australian Book Review

“Rodin’s The Kiss – more compelling here than any I’ve seen in London or Paris – spins the world around it like a tree.” Sydney Morning Herald

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