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Past exhibition


7 October 2020 – 3 January 2021

Admission free

Location: Ground Floor Galleries

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 – from Bruegel and Velázquez to Andy Warhol and Tracey Emin – this exhibition explores the concept of sin in art.

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 complex 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’.

Image: Detail from Bronzino, 'An Allegory with Venus and Cupid', about 1545

Exhibition supported by

Howard and Roberta Ahmanson