This exhibition explores the power that spaces have as a driving force of desire
Drawings, architectural models, art installations, books and a host of other material making up a total of 250 items are features in the exhibition 1,000m2 of Desire: Architecture and Sexuality. The aim of the exhibition is “to look at the way Western society has planned, built and imagined spaces for sex from the 18th century to the present day”. Curated by Adélaïde de Caters and Rosa Ferré, 1,000 m2 of Desire will be at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) until 19 March 2017 and visitors will find there a number of projects that have stood out for their subversion of traditional models and for promoting utopias of sexual living and private spaces conceived of exclusively for pleasure including Claude-Nicolas Ledoux, Charles Fourier, Sade, Guy Debord, radical 1960s and 70s architecture, Carlo Mollino, Adolf Loos, Nicolas Schöffer, Wilhelm Reich, the architecture of Playboy and work by contemporary artists and architects.
The exhibition also delves into the ways that architecture has controlled behaviour and created gender stereotypes in our society, and how, in a field dominated by men, spaces designed for pleasure have been imagined from male desires and fantasies. The exhibition is divided into three thematic sections: Sexual utopias, Libertine refuges and Sexographs and includes several independent spaces that act as ‘mini exhibitions’ each one curated by different specialists. It also presents William Kentridge’s new installation Right Into Her Arms, which the South African artist created for his production of Alban Berg’s Lulu.
1,000 m2 of Desire: Architecture and Sexuality.
When: 25 October 2016 to 19 March 2017.
Price: €6 (€4 concessions).
More information is available here.
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