October 24, 2013 - October 27, 2013
Ubu Gallery is pleased to have participated in FIAC 2013. In collaboration with Galerie Sophie Scheidecker, Paris, Ubu Gallery presented a thematic exhibition focusing on eroticism.
Irrespective of our differences over what is appropriate or permissible, eroticism is a fixture in society’s every day, whether explicitly or through subtle undertones. Deriving from the Greek concept of “eros,” eroticism encompasses a broad range of meanings, including a physiological and psychological dimension. As seen in the visual arts, representations of eroticism not only confront sexual desires, but also the metaphysical battle of the body versus mind, emotions versus reason.
A protagonist in Western art history, eroticism’s significance and influence changed with the 20th century avant-garde movements. During the inter-war period, eroticism was a powerful tool wielded by the Dadaists, who used it to disrupt order and threaten the balance in society. Advances in psychology and science led to further explorations with the Surrealists, who explored the unprecedented territory of the unconscious and their personal desires.
Influenced by the Freudian notion that sexual instinct was fundamental to the development of the psyche, the Surrealists saw erotic desire as important to self-awareness and the representation of desire as a vehicle to tap into or reflect the sub- and unconscious. No subject matter was too extreme to be excluded, censored or ignored by the Surrealists. In their investigation, they drew little distinction between private and public domains, raising issues that remain at the fore of consideration in contemporary art and culture.
Ubu Gallery was located at Booth E38, Grand Palais, Paris.
Hans Bellmer, Janusz Maria Brzeski, Otto Dix, George Grosz, Georges Hugnet, André Kertész, Pablo Picasso, Pierre Molinier, Franz Roh, Jindřich Štyrský, Andy Warhol, Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz
SELECTED WORKS FROM THE EXHIBITION