Getting Naked @THEMUSEUM

GettingNaked1THEMUSEUM has achieved what the Canada Council Art Bank in Ottawa is not normally able to do. The Kitchener institution is mounting Getting Naked, a collection of all-but-forgotten unclothed or naked pieces of art, many by Canadian icons such as Jack Chambers that are held in the bank’s large collection but rarely see the light of day.

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“We have 17,000 works of art by Canadian artists at the Art Bank, but for a number of reasons the small collection of nudes do not get rented out to boardrooms or office spaces,” says Victoria Henry, Art Bank director.  (Top: Glenn Howarth: Portrait of Laura No. 1, 1973 / Above:  Gregory Payce: Parian, 2007. Note: Observe the image created in the space between these objects to see why the piece is included in the show)

At a time when sex and nudity are commonplace online, it might seem puzzling that the mostly corporate patrons of the Art Bank eschew some of its most interesting – albeit risqué – holdings. That’s partly what prompted CEO David Marskell of THEMUSEUM to mount the show.

“This is a rare opportunity to not only see these incredible works of art but also have a conversation about why Canadian culture shies away from nudity,” Marskell says. “We want this exhibit to inspire discussion.”

Website for THEMUSEUM here

A  longer feature on Getting Naked in The Toronto Star here.




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