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The Institute of Sexology: Undress Your Mind


It has to be one of the most interesting parts of our history, the journey of how erotica evolved from the beginning to modern day. Okay, I might be a little biased here, but there is always something to learn from our past and the development of our sexuality is definitely one of them.

‘The Institute of Sexology’ exhibition at the Wellcome Collection in London kicked off last week. It is the first UK exhibition to bring together the pioneers of the study of sex including the works of Alfred Kinsey, Magnys Hirschfeld and Sigmund Freud among other greats.

The exhibition is described as investigating “how the practice of sex research has shaped our ever-evolving attitudes towards sexual behaviour and identity.” Which is something I identify with greatly when creating my own works.

With over 200 objects from art, erotica, film, photography and rare archival material, it’s a huge collection with some incredibly finds like the German’s 1980s “Anit-Baby Condom” or Richard von Krafft-Ebing’s Masked man in a pink tutu (now THAT would have turned some head back in the 1800s!)

I think it all sounds fabulous! If I’m lucky enough to be in London between now and September 2015 I will be sure to pay this one a visit. So go on, do as the poster says “undress you mind” and get educated about sexuality!

Packet of Anti-baby condoms, German, 1980s (c) Science Museum, London

Masked man in pink tutu, from collection of Richard von Krafft-Ebing (1840-1902) (c) Wellcome Library, London

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