La vie sexuelle des dinosaures by delphinehermans
The Bavarian State Opera will open the 2012 Munich Opera Festival on the weekend of 23-24 June with, among other things, an installation by the renowned artist Spencer Tunick.
Tunick’s new work will be entitled “The Ring” and in it thousands of art lovers will pose nude for the visiting New Yorker at several venues in downtown Munich and in that way have the opportunity to become part of a work of art. Tunick’s artistic installation is inspired by Richard Wagner’s great opus “The Ring of the Nibelung” and its new production by the producer Andreas Kriegenburg which reaches its culmination on 30 June with the premiere of “Götterdämmerung”.
Those interested and willing to pose naked for Tunick in public are invited to register with the Bavarian State Opera’s website!
The artist is known for his temporary installations of hundreds and sometimes even thousands of naked human bodies against impressive backdrops in public. For the 2012 Munich Opera Festival, Tunick is designing his first large scale action in Germany. Several places in downtown Munich will provide the background for his latest art installation: “Andreas Kriegenburg primarily tells his version of The Ring of the Nibelung by means of the performers’ stage and gesticulation movements in addition to their singing. This produces an interesting equivalence to Spencer Tunick’s human body installations. That is why it was an obvious choice to show these two projects for the Opera Festival”, says Nikolaus Bachler, Manager of the Bavarian State Opera.
Boris Hoppek, featured in Devora Ran Issue 03 goes to Greece:
ATOPOS Contemporary Visual Culture (ATOPOS CVC) presents its new exhibition FULL OF LOVE, with artworks by Boris Hoppek and is curated by Vassilis Zidianakis and Angelos Tsourapas. FULL OF LOVE is part of ATOPOS’ new theme of research on the human body and sexual practices in the digital era.
FULL OF LOVE is based on ‘Bimbo’, a Character that expresses human sexuality in a society where each and every individual has its own unique and distinctive sexuality. This is an absolute sexually liberated world.
Autoerotism, Heterosexuality, Homosexuality, Sadomasochism, Fetishism, Crossdressing, Asexuality, form part of accepted love expressions in the FULL OF LOVE universe. Beyond all ethical labels, kinks or taboos there is a unique aphrodisiac blend for each and everyone. FULL OF LOVE is a pleasure manifesto where only one truth reigns; the pursuit of Love through a range of sexual practices.
Exhibition’s opening days and hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 12:00-20:00
The real-life relationship between two of the most controversial literary figures of the 20th century forms the basis for this drama. Anaïs Nin (Maria de Medeiros) is a struggling author trying to finish her first book, a study of the work of D.H. Lawrence. She also has a keen sexual curiosity that is not being satisfied by her sweet but unexciting husband, Hugo (Richard E. Grant). Through Hugo’s friend Richard (Kevin Spacey), Anaïs is introduced to Henry Miller (Fred Ward), a writer from America who shares Anaïs’ passion for both eros and literature; she is later introduced to June (Uma Thurman), Henry’s wife and a practicing bisexual.
While Anaïs is attracted to Henry, to her surprise, she’s even more strongly drawn to June; June, however, must return to America, and with her approval, Henry and Anaïs begin an affair. Anaïs’ newfound sense of sexual liberation leads her to several new lovers over the next several months, but she and Henry find themselves pursuing the same object of affection when June returns to Paris. Henry & June’s frank but tasteful treatment of sexual themes led the MPAA to threaten the film with an X-rating; instead, the film became the first feature released with the revised NC-17 classification.
Directed by Philip Kaufman; screenplay by Mr. Kaufman and Rose Kaufman, based on the book by Anais Nin; director of photography, Philippe Rousselot; edited by Vivien Hillgrove, William S. Scharf and Dede Allen; production designer, Guy-Claude Francois; produced by Peter Kaufman; released by Universal Pictures. Running time: 140 minutes. This film is rated NC-17.
Henry Miller…Fred Ward
June Miller…Uma Thurman
Anais Nin…Maria de Medeiros
Hugo…Richard E. Grant
Read the full review in the New York Times
This claustrophobic picture (aka L’Apollonide – Souvenirs de la maison close) is a frank, unexploitative account of life in a smart Parisian brothel in 1899 and 1900.
It demonstrates that la belle époque was less belle for the girls than for their wealthy clients, though better than walking the streets or working in a sweatshop. The film is superbly designed to suggest the oppressive, hypocritical haut-bourgeois decor, the obsessive eroticism that excludes real desire, and the languorous timelessness that makes one day like another. There is enough detail about money, cosmetics, hygiene, sexually transmitted diseases, theatrical deportment and authentic camaraderie to qualify the film as a kind of documentary. But a final coda offering a glimpse of whores in present-day Paris, waiting in the streets for passing motorists to pick them up, shows that plus ça change, plus c’est le même commerce. The movie’s most startling image is of an abused, once beautiful prostitute who imagines her client’s sperm turning into tears and flowing from her eyes.
Via The Guardian
James Franco, Brad Renfro Forever, 2011, featuring James Franco, Scott Haze, Mark Mahoney and Jim Parrack, 26 minutes, projection with sound, photo courtesy of the artist
James Franco is not only good looking and a great actor, he also makes art. His first big exhibition is called “Rebel” and it´s all about sex.
MOCA (The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles) presents Rebel, conceived by James Franco with Douglas Gordon, Harmony Korine, Damon McCarthy, Paul McCarthy, Terry Richardson, Ed Ruscha, and Aaron Young. Rebel will be on view from May 15 through June 23, 2012, at JF Chen, a newly emerging contemporary art and design space, located at 941 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038.
Rebel is an interrogative ode to Nicholas Ray’s masterpiece Rebel Without A Cause (1955), conceived by Franco to embrace and mine the main themes and events in the original film. The exhibition reinterprets the film’s legends, the people involved, its place in Hollywood, film as a medium, and behind-the-scenes footage, in a new, fresh, and unconventional presentation of film, video installation, photography, painting, drawing, and sculpture, housed in and framed by iconic Hollywood structures.
In Rebel, the contributions of each artist are combined to capture the spirit of the original film through references to the auto and motorcycle culture of the 1950s, which James Dean was a part of; teenage angst and issues of identity back then, related to identity now; patrilineal exchange, and the relationships of father and son, and mentor and student; male and female sexuality; fiction and fact; and Hollywood and the art world.
Douglas Gordon, James Dean, Self Portrait of You + Me and Me + You + You + Me + Me + You, 2011, prints and burned print, smoke and mirror, © Studio lost but found / Katharina Kiebacher
Ed Ruscha, Rebel, 2011, acrylic on canvas, courtesy of the artist
Paul McCarthy, Rebel Without a Cause Drawings, 2011, marker on paper, 14 x 17 in., courtesy Paul McCarthy and Hauser & Wirth, photo by Landon Wiggs
Christopher Cumingham a través de sus vídeos provoca la reflexión sobre el sexo, la seducción e incluso la belleza. Las chicas protagonistas -obedientes- se exponen a las inquietudes del artista.
“Our society tends to draw distinctions between pornography and erotica, art and sex. On GIM@ we allow them to intersect without exclusivity as we seek to cross the boundaries between these categories to create a one-of-a-kind visual experience. Our content meditates on the value of the explicit and the unseen, the realities of hidden sexual desires and the beauty of actually making them come true.”
Via Museum of Sex
Misex is one of the biggest fairs in europe about porn and erotic entertainment. 16 years, 32 editions, about 1.500.000 visitors, 320 pornstars, 9600 hours of non-stop shows. Italian Photographer Francesco Merlini visited Misex and captured beautiful moments of lust and sadness.