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Eros in Modern Art

Eros in Modern Art
BASEL  •  Fondation Beyeler  •  Ongoing

The Fondation Beyeler is devoting a comprehensive two-part exhibition to eros as a theme that has been a determining factor in art history. Emphasis is placed especially on works by artists for whom eros was the essential driving force behind their creative activity. After the first exhibition focused on two pioneers of modern art, Auguste Rodin and Pablo Picasso, the second section, Eros in Modern Art, provides a general overview with more than 200 works of erotic art.

Pipilotti Rist Pickelporno (Pimple Porno)

Pipilotti Rist
Pickelporno (Pimple Porno), 1992
Video Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth Zurich London
© 2006 Pipilotti Rist
Photo courtesy of Fondation Beyeler

Almost all the media of modern and contemporary art are represented: from painting and sculpture to video and film, from drawing to graphic art and photography.

The exhibition reflects artists’ fascination with eros as the principle that impels the world, as well as the creation of art, and on which life depends just as much as its inevitable companion, death.

Nobuyoshi Araki, Hans Arp, Christian Ludwig Attersee, Francis Bacon, Balthus, Max Beckmann, Hans Bellmer, Pierre Bonnard, Louise Bourgeois, Bill Brandt, Brassaï, André Breton, Paul Cézanne, Francesco Clemente, Lovis Corinth, Salvador Dalí, Edgar Degas, Paul Delvaux, Nathalie Djurberg, Kees van Dongen, František Drtikol, Marcel Duchamp, Marlene Dumas, Max Ernst, Valie Export, Eric Fischl, Lucian Freud, Alberto Giacometti, George Grosz, Serge Hasenböhler, David Hockney, Ferdinand Hodler, Jenny Holzer, Rebecca Horn, Robert Indiana, Fernand Khnopff, Anselm Kiefer, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Paul Klee, Yves Klein, Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, Willem de Kooning, Jeff Koons, Alfred Kubin, Jean-Jacques Lebel, Fernand Léger, Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Roy Lichtenstein, Edouard Manet, Robert Mapplethorpe, André Masson,Joan Miró, Amedeo Modigliani, Robert Morris, Koloman Moser, Otto Mueller, Edvard Munch, Bruce Naumann, Helmut Newton, Emil Nolde,Meret Oppenheim, Jules Pascin, Francis Picabia, Pablo Picasso, Markus Raetz, Arnulf Rainer, Man Ray, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Gerhard Richter, Pipilotti Rist, Auguste Rodin, Félicien Rops, Egon Schiele, Cindy Sherman, Franz von Stuck, Yves Tanguy, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Rosmarie Trockel, Félix Vallotton, Tom Wesselmann, Edward Weston are among the artists whose works are on view.

This show of erotic art will travel to the BA-CA Kunstforum, Vienna where it will be on view from 1 March to 22 July 2007.

Fondation Beyeler Web Site

Contact: Baselstrasse 77
CH-4125 Riehen/Basel
Tel: (41) 61 645 97 00

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