Oh la la, it’s not Le Louvre

A gallery in Silkeborg will attempt to tackle the taboo of sexuality with an exhibition featuring two people having sex

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August 14th, 2012 1:35 pm| by admin
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Kunstcentrum gallery in Silkeborg could have hundreds of original Michelangelo sculptures on display. Or better yet, the famous Italian artist could stroll into the gallery and tap dance while licking Van Gogh’s severed ear. But on August 23, not many people will take notice.

That’s because Galleri Kunstcentrum will be showcasing their sultry 'Blottet for skam' (Bereft of shame) exhibition, which includes two people having sex.

According to theatre instructor Michael Iversen, the genius behind the project, the goal of the exhibition is to convey the natural beauty of human reproduction.

“I’ve created the exhibition to show the world that I think sex is a beautiful, natural and splendid aspect of being human and alive,” Iversen said.

And that’s exactly the kind of message that Anne Poulsen, Kunstcentrum’s project leader, wants to focus on.

“We want to illustrate something about purity and the human point of origin, which is what human reproduction is,” Poulsen said.

Iversen wants to visualise the paradox that exists between a rampant porn industry compared to physical love being rendered taboo.

“The exhibition has emanated from this paradox. The porn industry is massive while there are so many who have difficulty dealing with their own sexuality,” Iversen said. “There is porn everywhere, but there is another part which is pure, natural and beautiful.”

Poulsen pointed to the many enquiries that the gallery has received since the exhibition was picked up by the media. She has been pleasantly surprised at the interest that the exhibition has sparked, because sex and reproduction is a natural phenomenon, unlike porn.

“The art exhibition is actually already underway due to the many people that are now discussing it,” Poulsen said. “The odd thing is that the porn industry is nowhere near as sensational. We only question sexuality when it is transfused in an established forum and not when it’s hidden away in the dark.”

Ironically though, Iversen has needed porn actors to complete his work of art.

The 'Blottet for skam' exhibition is a one-time event and can be seen at Galleri Kunstcentrum in Silkeborg on Thursday, August 23 from 19:00 to 22:00.

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