Sixty naked visitors get private viewing of Rodin’s The Kiss in Ipswich – and even recreate it
It’s one of the most famous sculptures of naked humans in the world – and now Rodin’s The Kiss has received top marks from a group of naturists who came to see it at its temporary home in Ipswich’s Christchurch Mansion.
The sculpture, depicting a naked couple in a passionate clinch, has attracted tens of thousands of visitors to the Mansion since it arrived at the end of last year – but none were quite as eye-catching as the 60 members of British Naturism who were given a private viewing recently. They were also given a talk about the sculpture and other work on display by museum curator Emma Roodhouse.
A spokesman for Ipswich Council, which owns and manages the Mansion, said: “It was an unusual booking, but we were happy to allow them a private viewing. They were a very pleasant group and were really interested in The Kiss and the other exhibits we have on show there.” He said that a member of museum staff had to accompany the group during their visit to the exhibition – but it was otherwise a private visit. “We asked for volunteers – no one was forced to stay in case they might have been embarrassed, but the visit was a great success.” Andy Wyman from British Naturism said: “We have visited other museums before such as the Haynes Motor Museum and the Maritime Museum in Falmouth but this was the first time we have been to such a prestigious event with the magnificent Rodin sculpture, The Kiss.Continued…Read full original article…
Source: Ipswich Star
Original publication 3 April 2019
Posted on NatCorn 7th April 2019