Diana und Actaeon - Der verbotene Blick auf die Nacktheit  

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The illustration Artist and Model in the Studio by Albrecht Dürer, first published in The Painter's Manual in 1525, shown at this exhibition.

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Diana und Actaeon - Der verbotene Blick auf die Nacktheit was an erotic art exhibition held at the Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf, Germany that lasted from late 2008 until early 2009. The exhibition was dedicated to the voyeurism in the Greek myth of Diana and Actaeon.

From the press release

In Greek mythology we read about Actaeon the hunter who inadvertently stumbles upon Artemis bathing in the nude. As a punishment for catching this glimpse, he is changed into a stag and is subsequently torn apart by his own dogs. This horrific event was a fairly frequent subject for paintings in Greek art.
After Ovid had included the story of Diana and Actaeon in his book on transformations - "Metamorphoses" - the subject was frequently depicted between the Renaissance and Classicism, as part of a general move to revisit antiquity. This subject from Greek mythology attracted renewed interest among 20th-century artists who focused largely on the psychological aspect.
Using works that relate directly to this mythical tale, the exhibition seeks to cover a broad range: using paintings from antiquity, the Renaissance, Mannerism, the Baroque, Classicism, the 20th century and contemporary art, the exhibition offers an introduction to the complex area of the forbidden glimpse and of erotic art. While delighting in the subject, the exhibition nevertheless maintains the necessary respect for this fascinating and difficult subject.
As well as works from antiquity and from the early history of art, paintings from the following artists have been requested for the exhibition: Gustave Courbet, Auguste Rodin, Pierre Bonnard, Ferdinand Hodler, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, various representatives of Surrealism, Bellmer, Man Ray, Pierre Klossowski. The contemporary period will be represented by artists such as Robert Mapplethorpe, Markus Raetz, Balthasar Burkhard, Cindy Sherman, Nobuyoshi Araki, Noritoshi Hirakawa and Marlene Dumas.


Hans von Aachen, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Heinrich Aldegrever, Merry Alpern, Albrecht Altdorfer, Nobuyoshi Araki, René Auberjonois, Francis Bacon, Fiona Banner, Richard Baquie, Ernst Barlach, Max Beckmann, Hans Bellmer, Joseph Beuys, Jean-Baptiste-Philippe-Emile Bin, Carl Blechen, Anthonis Blocklandt, Pierre Bonnard, Gustave Boulanger, Louise Bourgeois, Rene Boyvin, Jan Bruegel der Ältere, Jacob de Backer, Hendrik van Balen, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Max Burchartz, Balthasar Burkhard, Jeff Burton, Willem Pietersz Buytewech, Gian Jacopo Caraglio, Paul Cézanne, Judy Chicago, Larry Clark, Pieter Codde, John Coplans, William N. Copley, Lovis Corinth, Lucas Cranach the Younger, Gregory Crewdson, John Currin, Leon Davent, Edgar Degas, Eugène Delacroix, Jules-Elie Delaunay, Roland Delcol, Martin Disler, Martin Disteli, Otto Dix, Leo Dohmen, Kees van Dongen, Marcel Duchamp, Marlene Dumas, George Dureau, Albrecht Dürer, Anthonis van Dyck, Ruud van Empel, William Etty, VALIE EXPORT, Marc-Antoine Fehr, Eric Fischl, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Artemisia Gentileschi, Jean-Leon Gerome, Christoph Gertner, Paul-Armand Gette, George Grosz, Suzuki Harunobu, Erich Heckel, Joseph Heintz der Ältere, Noritoshi Hirakawa, Ferdinand Hodler, Jenny Holzer, Gerrit van Honthorst (gen. Gherardo delle Notti), Johannes Hüppi, Jacob Jordaens, Johannes Kahrs, Hanns Ludwig Katz, Balthasar Katzenberger, Naoto Kawahara, Edward Kienholz (Edward & Nancy Kienholz), Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Michael Kirkham, Yves Klein, Gustav Klimt, Konrad Klapheck, Pierre Klossowski, Karen Knorr, Isoda Koryusai, Katarzyna Kozyra, Juul Kraijer, Mikhail Larionov, Maria Lassnig, Filippo Lauri, Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Dirk van der Lisse, Jacob van Loo, Liza Lou, George Platt Lynes, René Magritte, Sally Mann, Robert Mapplethorpe, Franz Marc, André Masson, Theodor Matham, Alex McQuilkin, Franziska Megert, Duane Michals, Jean Mignon, Boris Mikhailov, Daido Moriyama, Otto Mueller, Albert Müller, Robert Müller, Edvard Munch, Charles Joseph Natoire, Eglon Hendrik van der Neer, Werner Nekes, Caspar Netscher, Ferdinand Neuberger, Helmut Newton, Emil Nolde, Ylva Ogland, Max Pechstein, Evan Penny, Richard Phillips, Richard Phillips, Pablo Picasso, Chloe Piene, Cornelis van Poelenburgh, Elodie Pong, Nicolas Poussin, Marc Quinn, Markus Raetz, Arnulf Rainer, Man Ray, Rembrandt, Auguste Renoir, Gerhard Richter, Auguste Rodin, Nach Hans Rottenhammer, Peter Paul Rubens, Thomas Ruff, Jean Rustin, Niki de Saint Phalle, Edward Linley Sambourne, Jenny Saville, Hans Schärer, Hermann Scherer, Egon Schiele, Wilhelm Schmid, Carolee Schneemann, Ecole de Fontainebleau, Cindy Sherman, Dominique Sornique, Louis Soutter, Nancy Spero, Pia Stadtbäumer, Massimo Stanzione, Norbert Tadeusz, Tizian, Jean François de Troy, Cy Twombly, Kitagawa Utamaro, Félix Vallotton, Paolo Veronese, Hannah Villiger, Andy Warhol, Gert Wollheim, Francesca Woodman, Manabu Yamanaka, Lisa Yuskavage, Rémy Zaugg

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