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Our speaker tonight is Linda Collins with her title From Wild Beasts to Pickled Sharks.

The opening of Tate Modern in 2000 took London by storm. Thousands more visitors than expected piled into the building. Modern Art in the capital became more fashionable overnight. But for many visitors, looking at Rodin’s ‘Kiss’ for example, they found it difficult to see today why it was modern. Ditto for Monet’s ‘Waterlilies’. But we are looking at these pieces with a hundred years separating us and them. In that time, both these works have been accepted into the mainstream and cease to shock us anymore. We see them on mugs, umbrellas and fridge magnets – they have lost their ability to shock us. We can see perhaps why the Fauves created such a stir by their use of completely unnatural colours instead of shading, but the ‘Kiss’ just looks tame these days – beautiful, but tame. In its day, however, to see a natural and un-idealised body portrayed – a real person in other words – was quite shocking. Marble was more generally associated then with tombs or classical statues than with real, live bodies. Rodin has taken the Dante story of Lancelot and Guinevere and turned it into a sculpture.

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