Sex in the Cities. Volume 2. Berlin
Hans-Jürgen Döpp. Sex in the Cities. Volume 2. Berlin
A Geography of Pleasure
Erotic Art or Pornography?
How is it possible to speak of erotic art?
The Dream about the Orgy
Eroticism and Indignation
Pleasures for the Eye
The Loneliness of the Image
The Erotic Roots of Collectomania
Sodom Berlin. Berlin in the 1920s – Home to Eroticisms and Erotic Art
Negation and Erection. The later erotic works of George Grosz
May 1000 Flowers Bloom! The proper handling of erotic art
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Gustave Courbet, L’Origine du monde or The Origin of the World, 1866.
Oil on canvas, 46 × 65 cm. Musée d’Orsay, Paris.
In Western Europe, erotic depictions were banished to secret galleries. The floating, transitory world was held in chains, and only with great difficulty was science able to free sexuality from prejudices and association with sin. It is, therefore, no wonder that sexology developed wherever the relationship between sexuality and eroticism was especially ambivalent or troubled. It is to celebrate this relationship that a monument has been erected in the shape of the Magnus Hirschfeld Museum in Berlin.
Our cornucopia of a colourful, erotic world of images and objects shows that Eros can be an all-encompassing and unifying energy. These items provide an opportunity to steal a glimpse of an essential, human sphere – usually taboo – through the eyes of many artists with a continuously changing point of view.