Barbican to show 2,000 years of erotic art

  • 11 October 2007

The largest exhibition of erotic art is to open in London’s Barbican Centre.

More than 300 works will be on display – including the oversized fig leaf positioned over the private parts of a copied Michelangelo’s David, presented to Queen Victoria in 1857.

The show, which will take visitors through 2,000 years of erotic art, features ancient Greek cups emblazoned with images of copulation, as well as modern artistic interpretations of sex.

Curator Marina Wallace commented: ‘We want London to be thinking about nothing but sex for three months.’

Despite the unprecedented ban on under-18s attending, head of art galleries at the Barbican, Kate Bush said there was nothing salacious about the exhibition.

‘This is not an exhibition about sex and it’s not an exhibition about pornography. It’s a serious work of art history and curatorship,’ she said.

‘It’s an exhibition about how artists presented sex as a fundamental experience which connects everybody.’

Seduced: Art and Sex from Antiquity to Now opens to over 18s on Friday (12/10).

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