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Diana and Actaeon: The Forbidden Glimpse of the Naked Body

Diana and Actaeon: The Forbidden Glimpse of the Naked Body
DUSSELDORF  •  museum kunst palast  •  Ongoing

In the Metamorphoses, Ovid relates the story handed down from Classical Greece, of the hunter, Aktaion/Actaeon, who surprises Artemis/Diana, goddess of hunting and the guardian deity of feminine chastity, at her bath together with her nymphs. He looks on; she punishes him, the mortal who has looked upon her, the goddess, in her nakedness, by changing him into a stag: his own hounds spontaneously hunt him down, to the kill.

Eric Fischl: Bad boy
Eric Fischl: Bad Boy, 1981
Öl auf Leinwand
167,5 x 244 cm.
Private collection
Courtesy Thomas Ammann Fine Art, Zürich
Courtesy: Eric Fischl
Photo courtesy of museum kunst palast

Around a core of works of art that explicitly relate to the myth of Diana and Actaeon as told by Ovid, this exhibition brings together over 300 works by some 200 artists from all periods. Together they provide a narrative of chastity and desire, of seeing and being seen, voyeurism and exhibitionism.

Besides works from Classical Greece and Rome the show features later works by Artemisia Gentileschi, Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens and Paolo Veronese, Pierre Bonnard, Lovis Corinth, Marcel Duchamp, Ferdinand Hodler, Gustav Klimt, Pierre Klossowski, Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, Egon Schiele and, from the realm of contemporary art, standpoints represented by Nobuyoshi Araki, Balthasar Burkhard, J udy Chicago, Marlene Dumas, Noritoshi Hirakawa, Robert Mapplethorpe, Markus Raetz, Arnulf Rainer, Cindy Sherman and others.

museum kunst palast Web Site

Contact: museum kunst palast
Ehrenhof 4-5
40479 Duesseldorf
Tel: (49) 0211 89 924 60

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