Ipswich prepares for The Kiss

POSTED ON: 23/08/2018

Preparations have begun for the arrival of one of the most significant art exhibitions to visit Suffolk.  

Auguste Rodin’s iconic life-size marble sculpture The Kiss, on loan from the Tate collection, will be the centre-piece of the Kiss and Tell: Rodin and Suffolk Sculpture exhibition, which is due to open to the public in Christchurch Mansion’s Wolsey Art Gallery on 24th November.

A lot of work has to be done before the exhibition opens to ensure the gallery can accommodate one of history’s most significant sculptures, along with several of Rodin’s other pieces on loan from the Tate and East Anglian galleries.

The Wolsey Art Gallery will be closed to the public between 1st October and 22nd November. For the duration of the exhibition, the permanent display of Constable and Gainsborough's works will not be on show. However, a selection of Constable’s sketches will be on display together for the first time in the exhibition, and Gainsborough will continue to feature in the Mansion’s Suffolk Artists' Gallery. The permanent display will be re-hung in 2019.

When the gallery re-opens on 24th November, visitors will be able to discover the fascinating story of The Kiss along with other depictions of the body, from sculpture to life drawings.

More details of the exhibition and associated event programme will be released soon. 

Museums manager James Steward said: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the temporary closure of the Wolsey Art Gallery but we expect many thousands of visitors to embrace the opportunity of seeing one of the greatest ever masterpieces outside London.”



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