“Lust $ Last” (Lust & Vice), the recent art exhibit at Sweden’s National Museum, presenting sex, erotica and naked art through the ages received good response by viewing public but critics in the art world seem to be against the idea – claiming that it is sex exploitation for financial gain.
The exhibition Lust & Vice shows examples of how sexuality, virtue and sin have been depicted in art since the 16th century – from an age when the Church preached that sexual contact was only permitted within wedlock to today’s questioning of who erotic art is created for. A total of 200 works are on show from the museum’s own collections, a mix of paintings, drawings, sculptures and applied art. You can also see a genuine chastity belt!Source: www.nationalmuseum.se
Eva-Lena Bergström, head of exhibitions at the museum, told theLocal about the relevance of the exhibition.
“There is a lot of naked painting in this exhibition. During the work before the opening of the exhibition, we have fielded a lot of questions as to why naked painting is so prominent within western art,” Eva-Lena Bergström, head of exhibitions at the museum, explains in a promotional film.
The exhibition proposes an exploration of “How the limits of what is considered immoral have changed throughout history and how it looks today?”, promising visitors a “Naked Shock!”.
Obviously, the critics don’t agree.
Criticism of the exhibition has pointedly not taken the form of any sort of “feminist moral panic”, it has instead reflected more a resigned frustration among gender theorists that the exhibition’s presentation simply serves to further reinforce the objectification of the female form and the hegemony of the traditional male gaze rather than challenge its predominance.
“There are no clearly expressed ideas nor critical reflection on the images it presents. This applies not just from a gender theoretical perspective, although the absence of this is deeply problematic,” Stockholm University researchers Malin Hedlin Hayden and Jessica Sjöholm Skrubbe argue in a debate article in the Dagens Nyheter daily on March 31st.Source: www.thelocal.se
As the exhibit claims – Lust & Vice shows how sexuality, virtue and sin have been depicted in art from the 16th century to the present day. How have the boundaries for what is considered immoral changed over the centuries? Come on in and explore your own boundaries! It does make you curious – is it all clever marketing to make more money out of controversy or the art world is just being a snob?
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More pictures of art at the exhibition –
If I were in Sweden, I would definitely check it out!