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Sin

18 June 2022 – August 2023

Sin has permeated life since the earliest days, but until now the story of its relation to art has never been told. Bringing together works of art that span centuries, this exhibition explores the concept of sin in art in a truly unique presentation. Defined universally as a regrettable fault, offence or omission, sin is something everyone can relate to. In Christianity, it is considered a transgression against divine law and many of the world’s major religions have similar concepts.

This exhibition looks at theological ideas and depictions of ‘sinful’ everyday behaviour that blur the boundaries between religious and secular art. A concept that is universal, but at the same time highly personal, the exhibition asks you to define your own meaning of ‘Sin’. 

The exhibition includes eight exceptional paintings from the National Gallery’s collection as well as works on loan by Tracey Emin and Ron Mueck. 

Partners

1
Perth Museum and Art Gallery
18 June – 25 September 2022
Perth, Perth and Kinross
2
York Art Gallery
7 October 2022 – 22 Jan 2023
York, North Yorkshire
3
The Arc
24 February –14 May 2023
Winchester, Hampshire