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Ars Homo Erotica: Ten Years Later

Venue: Online

Ars Homo Erotica exhibition opened at The National Museum in Warsaw on 10 June 2010. It examined the significance of homoerotic aesthetic and the homoerotic imagination in the history of art from ancient times until the present. This large-scale show had been devised as the museum’s contribution to the debate on the rights of the LGBTQ communities in Poland, in Eastern Europe, and in the larger world. The idea was proposed by the late Piotr Piotrowski, then the Director of the Warsaw Museum, as a major step of the Critical Museum project, which advocates the use of museum collections and resources to provide forum for debates on burning social and political issues at the time of conflict.

The exhibition was hotly discussed by the media from Poland to Canada, and was vehemently opposed by right-wing politicians in Poland.

This online debate will focus on the impact of the exhibition, which has been listed recently by Maura Reilly as one of the major events of curatorial activism. But, did it help to realign the field?

The event is organised jointly by Birkbeck's Centre for Museum Cultures; PPV (Perverting the Power Vertical), a research and art platforms based at the FRINGE Centre (UCL SSEES/ Institute for Advanced Studies) and The Courtauld Institute of Art.

Itinerary for the evening:


18.00 – 18.10  Welcome  

                          Micha� Murawski, UCL, Kasia Murawska-Muthesius, Sarah Thomas,

                          Hannah Lyons and Will Haggerty, Birkbeck


18.10 – 18.20   Ars Homo Erotica – Ten Years On

                          Kasia Murawska-Muthesius


18.20 – 18.35   The Biggest Curatorial Challenge: Queering the National Museum 

                          Pawe� Leszkowicz


18.35 – 18.50   Ars Homo Erotica and Curatorial Activism

                          Maura Reilly


18.50 – 19.05   Art Versus Homophobia - the Polish Case
                          Tomasz Kitli�ski and Angus Reid


19.05 – 19.20   Curating Queer Russian Power

                           Anastasiia Fedorova


19.20 – 19.40   Presentation of films Niolam Ja Se Kochaneczke (I once had a lover) 2016

                           and Happily Ever After, by Katarzyna Perlak


19.40 – 20.00   Q&A


Please note that booking is essential and we reserve the right to postpone or cancel this event if necessary.


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