For Over-18s Only: Sex Exhibition Opens in London

Eroticism has long been of great interest to artists. Finally the collective, boundary-pushing results of that interest are on display in a exhibition in London. Visitors have to be at least 18 to enter.

Ever wondered what sex and eroticism were like for the Phoenicians? Or during the Italian Renaissance? What about in Paris at the beginning of the 20th century?

A new exhibit at the Barbican Centre in London takes the long view. In "Seduced: Art and Sex from Antiquity to Now," visitors can peer into a 2,000-year history of representations of sex and sensuality. Exhibits range from ancient terracotta masks to recent work by the likes of Robert Mapplethorpe, Nan Goldin and Jeff Koons.

The exhibition, which is only open to over-18s, starts Friday at the Barbican Art Gallery and runs until Jan. 27, 2008. According to co-curator Marina Wallace, "We want London to be thinking about nothing but sex for three months."

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