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



  • Musée Ariana, Geneva, CH
  • Parcours Céramique Carougeois, Geneva, CH
  • Biennale Vallauris, Vallauris, FR
  • MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, AT
  • Museum Jan van der Togt, Amstelveen, NL
  • Kazerne, Eindhoven, NL
  • La Triennale di Milano, Milan, IT





  • Operae, Turin, IT
  • Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, NL
  • Graduation Show DAE, Eindhoven, NL
  • Mint Gallery, London, UK
  • Krehky Gallery, Mikolov, CZ
  • Designkwartier, Den Haag, NL
  • The Green Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
  • Bienal Brasileira de Design, Florianópolis, BR
  • Transnatural, Amsterdam, NL
  • Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Milan, IT
  • Salone del Mobile DAE, Milan, IT
  • Kazerne, Eindhoven, NL
  • Noordbrabants Museum, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL

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  • Musée Ariana, Geneva, CH
  • Government Art Collection, The Hague, NL
  • Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, NL
  • Museo de Arte Popular, Mexico City, MX
  • Gemeentemuseum The Hague, The Hague, NL
  • Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR
  • Grand-Hornu, Hornu, BE
  • Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris, FR
  • Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL
  • Princessehof, Leeuwarden, NL
  • Metropolitan University Special Collections, Manchester, UK