An Artistic Atlas

The skin is the largest organ of the body and paradoxically its very obviousness means we rarely think of it as an organ. And yet beyond its corporeal function it is infused with metaphor and meanings.

Issues of race, gender, age, sexuality and many more emerge from its surface. This major international exhibition, curated by RHA Director Patrick T. Murphy, touches on such subjects as age, decay, disease, texture, identity, eroticism, race, adornment and display. Ranging through photography, painting and video it promises to be a challenging and stimulating exhibition.

Amongst the artists included are John Coplans, Robert Ballagh, Andres Serrano, Sigalit Landau, Jeanne Silverthorne, Jessica Robbins, Gwen Hardie, Marlene Dumas, Jenny Saville, Phillip Pearlstein, Robert Mapplethorpe, Nicholas Nixon, Hannah Wilke, Cara Phillips, Cecily Brennan, Byron Kim, Mary Kelly, Ariana Page Russell, Shirin Neshat, Spencer Tunick  and Dennis Oppenheim.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a full colour catalogue to be published in March 2013.  Available here


This exhibition is made possible through the support of the Skin Foundation, Ireland.

Selection of Images from the exhibition