Rudolf Schlichter Meeting of Fetishists and Manic Flagellants, c. 1923


Phantom der Lust

Landesmuseum Joanneum
Raubergasse 10
May 1–August 24

Shiny boots of leather/slimy bouts of pleasure: Graz pays homage to two of its most famous nineteenth-century residents, Leopold (Venus in Furs) von Sacher-Masoch and Richard (Psychopathia Sexualis) Freiherr von Krafft-Ebing, with a summerlong salute to perversity. “Phantom der Lust: Visions of Masochism in Art” curated by Peter Weibel and Michael Farin, brings together works by 156 artists, from Bellmer and Beuys to Araki, Oehlen, and Opie; a symposium presents heavyweight thinkers Georges Didi-Huberman, Klaus Theweleit, and Gianni Vattimo; and a series of performances draws on the peculiar talents of Marianne Faithfull, Marilyn Manson, Genesis P-Orridge, and Peaches, whose song “Fuck the Pain Away” provides the festival with an anthem.