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Featuring iconic images of some of the 20th century’s most famous celebrities, thinkers and artists, this exhibition explores questions around nudity.

Exposed: The Naked Portrait reveals over 80 people – from the world of rock and pop, sport, fashion, art, TV, film and theatre, plus writers, philosophers and those involved in infamous liaisons – portrayed either completely nude, partially clothed or where nakedness is implied.

This fascinating exhibition of photographs, paintings, drawings, prints and film from the National Portrait Gallery Collection invites the viewer to contemplate a multitude of questions and philosophical concepts; is being seen naked a ‘harmful’ or a welcome experience? Does it reveal a shameful secret or achieve longed-for publicity for the sitter or a chosen cause?

Many of the images convey either a sense of vulnerability, or self-assurance.

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