warsaw

“Ars Homo Erotica”

National Museum, Warsaw

Titled “Ars Homo Erotica,” this exhibition was conceived on a grand scale. Not only was it a survey of art with (male and female) homoerotic content—often explicit, sometimes veiled—from antiquity to the present, it also used the venerable hosting museum as a platform to advocate for equality for the LGBT community in Poland. (The show overlapped with EuroPride 2010, hosted in the Polish capital in July.) The show’s guest curator, Paweł Leszkowicz, chose to create a “seductive” show, which resulted in the omnipresence of art with naked bodies. A Winckelmannian universe (an ancient marble Antinous, an eighteenth-century bronze copy of the Apollo Belvedere, etc.) was mixed with a large selection of nineteenth-century academic drawings and paintings of nudes and a plethora of contemporary paintings, photographs, sculptures, and videos, many featuring explicit sexual content. Two hundred works

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