Sex toys, erotic carvings and more to go on show at new Institute of Sexology

The exhibition is set to open later this year at London's Wellcome Trust

Jess Denham
Friday 18 July 2014 15:31
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This raunchy concertina book forms part of the Institute of Sexology exhibition at the Wellcome Trust
This raunchy concertina book forms part of the Institute of Sexology exhibition at the Wellcome Trust

From raunchy ancient carvings to old-fashioned sex toys, all things erotica will be the focus of a new exhibition set to open later this year.

The Institute of Sexology, held at London’s Wellcome Collection, will feature more than 200 objects including condoms, films and paintings of sex in the first UK exhibition to bring together the pioneers of sex study.

Key figures in the study of sex from Sigmund Freud to Virginia Johnson will be a focus, as the exhibition explores their experiments and research.

The show promises everything from “Alfred Kinsey’s complex coded questionnaires to Samoan jewellery to sex machines” and will look at how sexologists have “shapes our ever-evolving attitudes towards sexual behaviour and identity,” organisers have said.

Artworks exploring sexual identity from the likes of Zanele Muholi, Sharon Hayes and Timothy Archibald will be on display, alongside objects from Henry Wellcome’s vast erotica collection.

There will be live events, performance art and discussions to encourage the observation, analysis and questioning of sexual theories.

Curator Kate Forde hopes the exhibition will “become a living repository for visitors’ stories, inspiring debate and self-reflection on this most fascinating and vital of topics”.

The Institute of Sexology runs from 20 November later this year until 13 September 2015 and will form part of a “Sexology Season of activity” around the country.

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