A new exhibition that explores the concept of sin through art has opened at York Art Gallery.
Sin, organised by the National Gallery with York Museums Trust, opened on Friday 7 October and will run until Sunday 22 January 2023.
The exhibition brings together works of art spanning centuries and explores changing ideas about sin and morality. It invites visitors to reflect on their own ideas about sin and society today – including attitudes to crime, alcohol, the body, the environment and more.
The exhibition includes eight paintings from the National Gallery’s collection – including works by Lucas Cranach the Elder, Rembrandt, Tracey Emin and Ron Mueck.
Alongside them, a selection of works from York Museums Trust will enable visitors to discover connections to York Art Gallery’s own collections. These works range from a medieval stone-carving of demons devouring the soul of a sinner to Sarah Lucas’s sculpture ‘NUD 4’.
A new work specially created for the exhibition by Yorkshire-born artist Zara Worth – ‘Think of a door (temptation/redemption)’ – will also be on display.
The work of York Art Gallery’s annual Teenage Art School will also feature in a multi-channel film installation for the exhibition – and aims to capture the teenagers’ commitment to the concepts explored and shows how art can help us make sense of the world.
Morgan Feely, York Art Gallery’s senior curator, said, “We are delighted to have worked in partnership with the National Gallery on this exhibition.
“With several masterworks on display alongside contemporary art as well as the work of our Teenage Art School this exhibition offers lots of different perspectives on the theme.
“Sin is a universal concept, but at the same time highly personal and the pieces on display invite us to consider not only centuries-old concepts of sin, but also how we think about the morality of our actions today.”
Tickets are available for £8 per adult with concessions available, and can be booked via the York Art Gallery website.