Seduced: Art and Sex From Antiquity to Now (Event Review)


Francis Bacon: Untitled, c. 1952

When I saw the billboards plastered all over London for the “Seduced: Art and Sex from Antiquity to Now” exhibit at the Barbican Art Gallery in London, I was cynical. It gave me embarrassing flashbacks to being drunk in Madrid many years ago and stumbling into the Erotic Art Museum. I think the excitement that I had for visiting a Museum of Erotica is about as intense as hugging my Grandmother (don’t be sick — it does nothing for me). This place in Spain was two stories of kitsch and tribal art with lame diagrams and not very good reproductions of the Kama Sutra. The only hardcore video they were showing was Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s home sex video. What a silly tourist trap that “museum” was — and the fact that there is one of these Erotic Museums in just about every major city across Europe makes it that much more embarrassing that I even stepped into one. Yeah, go ahead and say it: I’m a kinky snob.

Read more at Eros Zine.

Images courtesy of The Barbican.

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