Museum Kranenburgh

NUDE - The Fragile Body

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.

Despite revealing our soul and bliss on Facebook and Instagram, naked nipples remain strictly taboo. Perfectly photographed bodies on television, in magazines, and online make us insecure, uncomfortable even, about our own bodies. Image-maker Thomas Widdershoven (thonik) is the guest curator of the exhibition NUDE, which takes a closer look at our body image through our relationship to nudity.

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.

Bergen, Oct 14, 2018 - Feb 3, 2019

Museum Kranenburgh Bergen

Image: Michel Claus


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  • 2019 MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, AT
  • 2019 Museum Jan van der Togt, Amstelveen, NL
  • 2019 Kazerne, Eindhoven, NL
  • 2019 La Triennale di Milano, Milan, IT

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  • 2015 Mint Gallery, London, UK
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  • 2015 Designkwartier, Den Haag, NL
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  • 2015 Bienal Brasileira de Design, Florianópolis, BR
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  • 2015 Salone del Mobile DAE, Milan, IT
  • 2015 Kazerne, Eindhoven, NL
  • 2015 Noordbrabants Museum, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL


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  • 2018 Princessehof, Leeuwarden, NL
  • 2017 Government Art Collection, The Hague, NL
  • 2017 Museo de Arte Popular, Mexico City, MX
  • 2017 Gemeentemuseum The Hague, The Hague, NL
  • 2017 Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR
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  • 2016 Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris, FR
  • 2016 Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL
  • 2016 Princessehof, Leeuwarden, NL
  • 2015 Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections, Manchester, UK