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A cooperation with Tate, London

10.11.2023 – 14.4.2024

Exhibition Nudes

The Nudes exhibition, staged in cooperation with Tate London, presents historical, private, fragile and modern nudes, as well as surreal representations of the human body and nudes with a political message. It deals with topics such as gender, identity and the male gaze on the naked female body. Ninety works by noted artists including Auguste Rodin, Francis Bacon, Zanele Muholi, Marlene Dumas, Pablo Picasso, Alice Neel, Tracey Emin and the Guerilla Girls, on loan from Tate London, are complemented with others from the LWL–Museum’s own collection created by Edvard Munch, August Macke and others.

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Public Guided Tours

Public guided tours of the exhibition take place weekly:

Saturday + Sunday: 11.15, 14.15, 16.15 o'clock

Wedneday: 12.15 o'clock

Thursday: 15.15 o'clock

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Digitelling Nudes


Entblößt! Nackte Tatsachen zu nackten Körpern (in German)

The podcast for the exibition "Nudes" in cooperation with Missy Magazine


The Nude

Nude or naked?

It fascinates, it outrages, it excites and it inspires. The nude is one of the oldest and most fascinating motifs in art. The unclothed body offers virtually inexhaustible possibilities for depicting humanity’s view of itself, its ideals, fears and dreams. The nude is a genre that is constantly reinventing itself to convey and express social, political, and aesthetic concerns.

painting of a naked white woman, sitting

What is the nude?

The exhibition offers a variety of ways to interpret the nudes created between the 19th and the 21st century. The gender roles assigned by artists shift over time: in the 19th century men are mostly rendered as active and heroic, while women seem passive and vulnerable. From the 18th century the nude played a major role in the training at fine-art academies, with artists taking inspiration from mythological and biblical subjects. At the end of the 19th century, however, nudes were increasingly depicted in private and domestic spaces, which was shocking because it placed the viewer in an intimate relationship with the figures depicted. As a key genre for the development of modernism, the nude became a screen which allowed different ideas and perspectives to be projected onto the human body.

white man, reclining

Oppression or freedom?

Feminists and other political activists often take an innovative and critical approach to nudity. Questioning sexual and racial stereotypes, they negotiate new roles in society. Political nudes tell a story in which people are emancipated from traditions and endeavour to liberate themselves through their bodies.

naked, white woman reclining on rags

What is beauty?

Realistic nudes seek to present authentic portrayals of the individual models. Drawn from life with a close interaction between artist and model they seem to convey the thoughts and biographies of the person depicted through the realistic depiction of their body. But as ideals of beauty play a key role in (self-)perception, what impression does a realistically rendered body produce on the viewers when they compare it to what is considered a perfect body?

Alphonse Legros, Cupid and Psyche, exhibited 1867. Tate Bequeathed by Sir Charles Holroyd 1918 Foto: Tate

Artists involved

Francis Bacon, Willi Baumeister, Vanessa Bell, David Bomberg, Pierre Bonnard, Giorgio de Chirico, Sir William Coldstream, John Coplans, Magda Cordell, Lovis Corinth, Edgar Degas, Paul Delvaux, Paul Delvaux, Jean Dubuffet, Rineke Dijkstra, Marlene Dumas, Tracey Emin, Sir Jacob Epstein, Max Ernst, William Etty, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Lucian Freud, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Francis Gruber, Guerrilla Girls, Anthea Hamilton, Erich Heckel, Jean Hélion, Barkley L. Hendricks, Craigie Horsfield, Gwen John, Bhupen Khakhar, Willem de Kooning, Alphonse Legros, Lord Frederic Leighton, Sarah Lucas, August Macke, Henri Matisse, Ludwig Meidner, Ana Mendieta, Sir John Everett Millais, Marie-Louise von Motesiczky, Otto Mueller, Zanele Muholi, William Mulready, Edvard Munch, Alice Neel, Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson, Sir William Orpen, Grace Pailthorpe, Bernhard Pankok, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Man Ray, Auguste Renoir, Auguste Rodin, Christian Rohlfs, Théodore Roussel, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Walter Richard Sickert, Sylvia Sleigh, Jo Spence, Sir Stanley Spencer, Alfred Stevens, William Strang, Sir Hamo Thornycroft, Euan Uglow, Hannah Wilke

The curators team

Dr. Tanja Pirsig-Marshall 
Ann-Catherine Weise