The Institute of Sexology – Undress Your Mind, Not Pornography – Antiques

I find it most intriguing, when pornography is considered an antique, the label changes.

(Drag Queen and Sex Toys Illustration)

The Institute of Sexology

Thursday 20 November 2014 – Sunday 20 September 2015

The Institute of Sexology exhibition – in pictures

The Wellcome Collection will relaunch in November with a major exhibition on sex, called The Institute of Sexology. Alongside sex toys and artefacts including anti-masturbation aids, the show will look at the science of pioneers such as Sigmund Freud, Marie Stopes and Alfred Kinsey. From instructions on repairing a diaphragm to erotic paintings, carvings and photographs, every conceivable aspect of human sexuality is explored. Warning, contains explicit images 

• Maev Kennedy: Wellcome Collection hails masters of sexWoman riding man, coloured postcard, from collection of Richard von Krafft-Ebing (1840-1902)

Woman riding man, coloured postcard (1840-1902). Photograph: Wellcome Images
Solid bronze phallic amulet in form of priapus with hindquarters of horse, Graeco-Roman, 100BC-400
Solid bronze phallic amulet in form of priapus with hindquarters of horse, Graeco-Roman, 100BC-400
Collection of sexual aids, with instructions, in wooden box, by Arita Drug and Rubber Goods Company, Kobe, Japan, 1930 to 1935
Collection of sexual aids, with instructions, in a wooden box, by Arita Drug and Rubber Goods Company, Kobe, Japan, 1930 to 1935.
Plate from 'The Secret Companion, a medical work on onanism or self-pollution, with the best mode of treatment in all cases of nervous and sexual debility, impotency, etc' from 1845
Plate from The Secret Companion, A Medical Work on Onanism or Self-Pollution, with the Best Mode of Treatment in all Cases of Nervous and Sexual Debility, Impotency, etc, from 1845. Photograph: Wellcome Images
A camel composed of copulating humans, Gouache painting, 19th Century, India
A camel composed of copulating humans, gouache painting, 19th-century India. Photograph: Wellcome Images
'Les charmes de la masturbation' Page from 'Invocation a l'amour, chant philosophique' ('A virtuoso of the good fashion') c. 1825
‘Les charmes de la masturbation’. Page from Invocation a l’amour, chant philosophique (A virtuoso of the good fashion) c.1825. Photograph: Wellcome Images
Plaster impressions from seals showing erotic scenes
Plaster impressions from seals showing erotic scenes. Photograph: The Science Museum/The Wellcome Library
Photograph of a man dressed in women's clothing
Photograph of a man dressed in women’s clothing. Photograph: Wellcome Images
Masked man in pink tutu
Masked man in pink tutu (1840-1902). Photograph: Wellcome Images
Painting manuscript of the Kamasutra, Nepal, 1948
Painting manuscript of the Kama Sutra, Nepal, 1948. Photograph: Wellcome Images
Veedee vibratory massager box, German, early 20th century
Veedee vibratory massager box, German, early 20th century.
Porcelain fruit, hinged, contains male and female copulating, Oriental
Porcelain fruit, hinged, contains male and female copulating, oriental.
Jugum penis, anti masturbation device, steel, nickel-plated, probably British, 1880-1920.
Jugum penis, anti-masturbation device, steel, nickel-plated, probably British, 1880-1920.
Loaded Playbill for Maisie's Marriage, 1923, based on 'Married Love' by Dr Marie Stopes
Playbill for Maisie’s Marriage, 1923, based on Married Love by Dr Marie Stopes. Photograph: Wellcome Images
Marie Stopes birth control clinic in caravan, with nurse, late 1920s
Marie Stopes’ birth control clinic in a caravan, with nurse, late 1920s. Photograph: Wellcome Images
Set of 12 rubber measuring rings and Clinocap diaphragms, made specially for Dr. Marie Stopes, 1934
Set of 12 rubber measuring rings and Clinocap diaphragms, made specially for Dr Marie Stopes, 1934.
Diaphragm repair instructions
Detail of instructions for Clinocap brand diaphragms – and tips for mending with a bicycle repair kit, 1940-50s. Photograph: Science Museum
Packet of Anti-baby condoms, German, 1980s
Packet of Anti-baby Condoms, German, 1980s. The Science Museum
Sex Machines, by Timothy Archibald. 'Dan and Jan Siechert, The Monkey Rocker, Bakersfield, California'
Dan and Jan Siechert, The Monkey Rocker, Bakersfield, California. From Sex Machines, by Timothy Archibald. Timothy Archibald/Wellcome Trust
Back view of standing figure, nude except for stockings
Back view of standing figure, nude except for stockings. Anonymous/The Kinsey Institute
Lili Elbe, watercolour attributed by Gerda Wegener circa 1929. Elbe had 5 gender reassignment operations, the first by Magnus Hirschfeld
Lili Elbe, watercolour attributed to Gerda Wegener, circa 1929. Elbe had five gender reassignment operations. Photograph: Wellcome Images
Oriental ivory shell, divides into two halves, on one half is  a female genitalia, on the other is a carving of a female looking at an erotic picture.
Ivory shell, divided into two halves, one half showing female genitalia, the other a carving of a woman looking at an erotic picture.
Far Eastern carved ivory statue, in the form of a copulating man and woman
Carved ivory statue, in the form of a copulating man and woman. Science Museum
Pervian pottery vessel with handle, neck broken off,  with a couple engaged in anal intercourse fashioned on top
Peruvian pottery vessel with handle, neck broken off, showing a couple engaged in anal intercourse.
A Japanese wood and glass pillow book, hinged and folded like a concertina, opening into six leaves, with twelve pictures painted on glass, complete with a mirror
A Japanese wood and glass pillow book, hinged and folded like a concertina, opening into six leaves, with 12 pictures painted on glass and a mirror.
Inside the wood and glass pillow book...
Inside the Japanese pillow book …
Cylindrical lekythos, with black figure decoration, showing scenes of copulation, probably from Attica, Greece, 550BC-500BC
Cylindrical lekythos, with black figure decoration showing scenes of copulation, probably from Attica, Greece, 550BC-500BC.
Alfred Kinsey lecturing at the University of California, Berkeley
Alfred Kinsey lecturing at the University of California, Berkeley. Anonymous/The Kinsey Institute
Page with notes and diagrams titled 'Definition of Coital Postures'
Page with notes and diagrams titled Definition of Coital Postures. The Kinsey Institute
Alfred Kinsey interviewing a woman.
Alfred Kinsey interviewing a woman. William Dellenback/The Kinsey Institute
Carolee Schneemann, Ye Olde Sex Chart (Sexual Parameters Chart), 1975
Carolee Schneemann, Ye Olde Sex Chart (Sexual Parameters Chart), 1975. Carolee Schneemann, c/o Hayes Gallery/PPOW New York
Neil Bartlett, Pedagogue (Video still)
Neil Bartlett, Pedagogue (Video still). Photograph: Wellcome Images
http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2014/jul/17/a-history-of-sex-toys-in-pictures

‘The Institute of Sexology’ is a candid exploration of the most publicly discussed of private acts. Undress your mind and join us to investigate human sexuality at ‘The Institute’, the first of our longer exhibitions. Featuring over 200 objects spanning art, rare archival material, erotica, film and photography, this is the first UK exhibition to bring together the pioneers of the study of sex.

From Alfred Kinsey’s complex questionnaires to the contemporary National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal), ‘The Institute of Sexology’ investigates how the practice of sex research has shaped our ever-evolving attitudes towards sexual behaviour and identity. Moving between pathologies of perversion and contested ideas of normality, it shows how sex has been observed, analysed and questioned from the late 19th century to the present day.

‘The Institute of Sexology’ tells the complex and often contradictory story of the study of sex through its pioneers, including Magnus Hirschfeld, Sigmund Freud, Marie Stopes, Alfred Kinsey, Margaret Mead, William Masters and Virginia Johnson, and the team behind Natsal. It highlights the profound effect that the gathering and analysis of information can have in changing attitudes and lifting taboos.

The show will also feature contemporary artworks exploring sexual identity by artists Zanele Muholi, John Stezaker, Sharon Hayes and Timothy Archibald. A new commission by artist Neil Bartlett will revisit the sex survey, joining visitors with the hundreds of thousands of anonymous participants whose personal accounts underpin the study of sex.

This is the first of our longer exhibitions in our newly opened Gallery 2. ‘The Institute of Sexology’ will evolve over the course of the year, with new commissions, live interventions, discussions and performances within the gallery space. The exhibition is part of a wider Sexology Season of activity across the country including Brighton, Southampton, Manchester and Glasgow.

Please note that ‘The Institute of Sexology’ includes exhibits and live events of a sexual nature.

http://www.wellcomecollection.org/whats-on/exhibitions/the-institute-of-sexology.aspx

One comment on “The Institute of Sexology – Undress Your Mind, Not Pornography – Antiques

  1. Sue Katz says:

    What a stupendous collection of images. What a pleasure to scroll down. Hope I can visit the Institute one of these days. Thanks.
    Sue

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