LONDON.- Turner Contemporary
announces that from 4 October 2011-2 September 2012 Auguste Rodins life-size marble sculpture The Kiss, 1901-04, will be installed in the Sunley Gallery.
On loan from the Tate collection and one of the most iconic images of sexual love, The Kiss was voted the nations favourite work of art in a 2003 poll. The embracing couple come from a true thirteenth century story of forbidden love, which was immortalised in Dantes Inferno and by many artists since.
The couple are the adulterous lovers Paolo Malatesta and Francesca da Rimini, who were slain by Francescas outraged husband. They appear in Dantes Inferno, which describes how their passion grew as they read the story of Lancelot and Guinevere together. At the time, the perceived eroticism of Rodins sculpture was controversial leading to instances where the work was removed from public view.
The sculptures arrival coincides with our second major exhibition Nothing in the World But Youth Nothing in the World But Youth (17 September 2011- 8 January 2012). The exhibition explores how youth experience has been reflected in art, culture and the media since the late nineteenth century to the present day and will feature paintings, photographs, items of clothing and early JMW Turner works, many depicting the local area of East Kent.