Archaeology will be the theme of the 2019 summer exhibition at the Geiger Foundation in Cecina. Conceived by the Basel Museum of Ancient Art and Ludwig Collection, Naked! Treasures of the Basel Museum of Ancient Art will arrive in Italy for the first time in late June.
Recently, certain European art collections have decided to take down pictures by old masters because they depicted bodies in the nude or in explicit poses. Facebook censored the Venus of Willendorf and the Little Mermaid of Copenhagen because, although one is a prehistoric cult object and the other the symbol of a cosmopolitan city, they are both naked young women.
The representation of both male and female nudity is as old as art itself. A message and a symbol not only of eroticism, it has taken on and conveyed a wide range of meanings that exalt the subject as invincible, heroic, immortal, vulnerable, sensual or in close communion with nature. The representation of the naked body is a dominant motif in most ancient Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cultures.
Naked! Treasures of the Basel Museum of Ancient Art, through numerous pieces from the Swiss collection, aims to investigate the reasons why, in various periods and contexts, the human body was represented in the nude. The exhibits range from Mesopotamian and Egyptian to Greek, Etruscan and Roman art and are organized into six thematic sections.
The exhibition will be inaugurated on Saturday 22 June and will be open every day until 13 October with visiting hours from 6 to 11 pm until 8 September, and from 4 to 8 pm from 9 September onwards.
Naked! Treasures of the Basel Museum of Ancient Art
Curated by Tomas Lochman (Basel Museum of Ancient Art and Ludwig Collection)
Hermann Geiger Cultural Foundation
Piazza Guerrazzi 32, Cecina (LI)
22 June – 13 October 2019
Opening hours 22 June – 8 September: from 6 to 11 pm
Opening hours 9 September – 13 October: from 4 to 8 pm