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The Tate is stripping off and coming Down Under

Dee Jefferson

Come summer, Sydney's Art Gallery of New South Wales will get its own nudist colony: more than 100 masterpieces from the Tate collection, depicting the body in the buff.

Nude: Art from the Tate Collection is the latest exhibition in the blockbuster Sydney International Art Series (which runs at AGNSW and the Museum of Contemporary Art each summer). The piece de resistance of the exhibition is Auguste Rodin’s sculpture 'The Kiss' (1901-04), which has never been seen outside Europe. Other master works include Picasso's 'Nude woman in a red armchair' (1932) and Pierre Bonnard’s 'The bath' (1925).

Art Gallery of NSW director Dr Michael Brand said of the exhibition theme, “From idealised representations of the human form through to the confrontational naked bodies of recent art, the nude has expressed a vast range of human aspirations, emotions and ideas. The Art Gallery of NSW encourages debate about art and provides the opportunity for visitors to confront art that is charged and powerful."

We're wondering if this Guerilla Girls work makes the cut.

Read more about Nude: Art from the Tate Collection and check out August's best art exhibitions in Sydney

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