Thanks to loans from all over Europe, the exhibition “naked men” will offer an unprecedented overview of the depiction of male nudes. Starting with the period of Enlightenment in the 18th century, the presentation will focus mainly on the time around 1800, on tendencies of Salon Art, as well as on art around 1900 and after 1945. At the same time, the exhibition will also feature important reference works from ancient Egypt, examples of Greek vase painting and works from the Renaissance. Spanning two centuries, the presentation will show different artistic approaches to the subject, competing ideas of the ideal male model as well as changes in the concept of beauty, body image and values.
Among others, works by the following artists will be shown in the exhibition: Albrecht Dürer, Peter Paul Rubens, Angelika Kauffmann, Johann Heinrich Füssli, Antonio Canova, Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres, Léon Benouville, William Bouguereau, Paul Cézanne, Auguste Rodin, Ferdinand Hodler, Wilhelm von Gloeden, Henry Scott Tuke, Ludwig Hofmann, Gustav Klimt, Edvard Munch, Giovanni Giacometti, Aksel W. Johannessen, Renée Sintenis, Jean Cocteau, Egon Schiele, John Heartfield, Alfred Courmes, Pierre Molinier, Maria Lassnig, Andy Warhol, Alfred Hrdlicka, David Hockney, Günter Brus, Gilbert & George, Robert Mapplethorpe, Bruce Naumann, Urs Lüthi, Pierre & Gilles, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Keith Haring, Heimo Zobernig, Thomas Ruff, Elmgreen & Dragset, Ilse Haider, Douglas Gordon, Sam Taylor-Wood, Pawel Althamer, Elke Krystufek and many others.
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