Exposed – The Body in Art from Dürer to Freud

Exposed – The Body in Art from Dürer to Freud

22nd November 2013 - 21st April 2014



Exposed is an exhibition of work selected from the fine art collections at Birmingham Museums with a small number of works from the Herbert’s own collection.

The exhibition explores a range of artistic responses to the human body. At its heart is Burne-Jones’s Pygmalion series (1878), which brings together the five themes explored in the exhibition: the body as a focus for the artist’s observation, the creation of the ‘ideal’ body, the mutation of the body, art as a means of preserving and memorialising the body, and the body as a vehicle for the artist’s imagination and fantasy.

Exposed presents over 60 works spanning 500 years. Artists include Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, Barbara Hepworth, Jacob Epstein, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Gillian Wearing.

Image: Lily Cole by Gillian Wearing.

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