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Sex, Sensuality and Obsession
October 1, 2010   
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The Silesian Museum in Katowice has opened an exhibition entitled Eros á la naif, dealing with different aspects of sensuality in the work of non-professional artists. Such artists are often described as “naif” because of their vivid imagination and honest and straightforward approach to art.

Rather than human sexuality as such, the exhibition, divided into four sections, explores the wealth of intimate emotions which people experience. The first section tackles fascination with the naked human body by alluding to, for example, paradise, where nudity was neither sinful nor embarrassing, as exemplified by depictions of Adam and Eve.

The second section is about obsession and features images of obscene behavior and sexual obsession. The work on show also shows how nudity has been used to express other forms of obsession, such as political obsession. The exhibits include huge tapestries by Marian Henel produced during his confinement to a mental hospital.

The third section deals with daydreaming and shows images of idealized love, most often expressed through nudes. The final section concerns the fulfilled love of two people whose mutual affection is complemented by eroticism.

The exhibition in Katowice comprises 120 works by 41 non-professional artists. Along with art naif by well-known artists like Erwin Sówka and Jan Nowak, there are works by people with learning difficulties and pieces which appear to border on mental illness.
M.H.
Silesian Museum, Katowice, 3 W. Korfantego Ave., open through Nov. 21
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