institute of sexology

‘The Institute of Sexology’ is a new exhibition which will be held at the Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, starting on November 20th Their website states invitingly : Undress your mind and join us to investigate human sexuality at ‘The Institute.’ The Institute of Sexology is a candid exploration of the most publicly discussed of private acts. It will be the first UK exhibition to bring together the pioneers of the study of sex. You may have read our earlier article on the tv programme Masters of Sex. This exhibition will tell the story of the study of sex through all of its pioneers, from Freud to NATSAL. It highlights the profound effect that the gathering and analysis of information can have in changing attitudes and lifting taboos. In the 1930’s, Berlin was the world capital of sexual liberation, well-described in Christopher Isherwood’s novel: ‘Goodbye to Berlin.’ Isherwood lived in Berlin in an apartment owned by Magnus Hirschfeld’s Institute for Sexual Science. Hirschfeld was known as the ‘Einstein of Sex.’ He formulated dubious aphrodisiacs and anti-impotence medicines, and his Institute was decorated more like a wealthy private residence than a scientific establishment, with Persian carpets, a grand… Read more »

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