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Review: NUDE | Art from the Tate Collection

Standing in the spacious dark room, a heavenly light was beaming down on this glowing monumental sculpture. I took the time to let my eyes trail upon its smooth chiselled contours. My head kept tilting up and down as my eyes were following the rise and fall of its curves. It was like a map that led me further with every step I took. My eyes gazed to the top where I saw the heads of a couple kissing. Their bodies were locked in a sensuous embrace.

Source: Art Gallery of NSW
Source: Art Gallery of NSW

The more I looked, the more their bodies fused into one. You stop realizing where his limbs end and hers began. You could feel the magnetic aura sucking you into their kiss. From the way that he pulled her closer and how she entwined her arms around him, you could feel their intense caress engulf you completely. It was a sacred moment that had been immortalised perfectly in this sculpture.

It is aptly called The Kiss (1904) by Auguste Rodin. Throughout the years, it has become the symbol of erotic love and has been countlessly reproduced. The Art Gallery of NSW has partnered with the Tate, London to present over 100 representations of the nude from the Tate collection. This is the first time that The Kiss has left Europe. My other favourite art pieces to look out for are the equally famous Pablo Picasso’s Nude Woman in a Red Chair (1932), Herbert Draper’s The Lament for Icarus (1898) and Lord Leighton’s The Bath of Psyche Frederic (1890).

NUDE | art from the Tate collection is currently being exhibited until 5 February 2017. It’s part of the Sydney International Art Series 2016-2017. Students get a $21 concession to this exhibition and don’t forget to ask for your FREE audio guide. The best tip I can give you is to visit this exhibition during the Art After Hours event when the art gallery opens until 10pm every Wednesday. What’s even better is the host of activities that have been lined up for the evening. This includes a FREE guided tour at 7.15pm that comes with the exhibition entry. Do take note though that no photography is permitted in this exhibition. I mean, you wouldn’t want people to take photos of you naked right?

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