Celebrating eroticism, pornography, anatomy and relationships, did you know that Europe has some of the best sex museums in the world? However, some cities have seen a demand for specialist galleries to curate the saucy and the sexy, the lurid and the lewd. Whilst it may not surprise you to find that Amsterdam has three such museums, did you know that you can also find erotic institutions in Spain, Russia and Iceland? In this guide, we take a look at the most famous sex museums across Europe. From those that simply celebrate the penis or focus entirely on sex machines to those that take a broader view of eroticism in ancient and contemporary culture.
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Art Nouveau — the decorative, sensual, and uncompromising design style that flourished at the turn of the 20th century — was born at a time of rapid change. While new media such as film and photography provided alternative ways of viewing the world, the moral landscape of Europe and America was beginning to shift, and artists and designers used the erotic to push the boundaries of established convention. The turn of the 20th century, perhaps more than any other period in the history of art, was a time of sexual freedom and decadent extravagance. Art Nouveau reflected this fascination with sexual and erotic identity, particularly female sexuality, in a world beginning to experience the social, economic and cultural liberation of women. Women became the dominant theme of Art Nouveau and the erotic potential of the female body was fully exploited to express many different concerns.
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Erotica's organisers have claimed [ when? Erotica cancelled its show and has since shut its doors. Exhibitors, including many small- to medium-sized companies and sole traders, offered: fashion, corsetry, lingerie, shoes, jewellery, art, photography, sculpture, adult toys, games, books, DVDs, furniture and romantic gifts. Popular, free entertainment includes: stage shows that run several times each day and are produced by London's Torture Garden; Dreamboys ; entertainers that wander among the crowds; workshops and demonstrations including glamour photography, bodycasting, and burlesque classes ; and a team of NHS sexual health advisors offering free advice, condoms, and chlamydia testing.
Within seconds of arriving, you sense the Museum of Sex Objects is not going to be your average museum. Buzzed in from an intercom off a Covent Garden side street, you are whisked through a paved courtyard by a guardian known as The Keeper, and ushered into the inner sanctum. The Keeper may or may not be sporting a bright red cloak, channeling Offred from The Handmaid's Tale.