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NUDE - The Fragile Body, 24 October 2018 - 3 February 2019

John Berger, the well-known British writer and artist, perhaps put it most aptly when he said: “To be naked is to be oneself. To be nude is to be seen naked by others "(Ways of Seeing, 1972). Widdershoven uses Berger’s quote as this exhibition’s leitmotif, addressing the challenge of “finding a grey area where classifying in terms of good or bad, sexual or non-sexual, or shocking or not, becomes almost impossible.”

What is nudity in contemporary times? With the exhibition NUDE – The Fragile Body, Museum Kranenburgh considers the changing meaning of nudity in the visual culture of the past decades: from shock to familiarity, from taboo to openness – and sometimes back again.

The exhibition occupies the entirety of Museum Kranenburgh’s new wing and includes works by more than fifty contemporary artists and designers. Not all the works show nudity, but they all convey a contemporary confusion about the naked truth. The condition humaine – our individual inconveniences and vulnerability – are exposed in all their openness and honesty. Kranenburgh is also developing an extensive exhibition programme, especially for schoolchildren and students.

NUDE - The Fragile Body, 24 October 2018 - 3 February 2019
Museum Kranenburgh
Bergen, the Netherlands