Desire Unbound  

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"Eroticism was the theme of a major surrealist exhibition held in 1959. Designed by Breton and Marcel Duchamp, it was arranged as a journey through a series of feminine spaces. Visitors entered the gallery through a 'love grotto', a dark cavernous tunnel that led to a rose-coloured chamber where the ceiling seemed to breathe in and out. The recording of women's orgasmic sighs, made specially for that exhibition and not heard publicly since, is played in this space." [1]

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Tate Modern's Surrealism: Desire Unbound was an exhibition on surrealism organized at the Tate gallery in 2001 (20 September to 1 January). Its emphasis was on the relationship between Surrealism and eroticism. For the first time, it prominently put the work of Hans Bellmer on the map.

Table of contents

Letters of desire / Jennifer Mundy -- Omnipotence of desire : surrealism, psychoanalysis and hysteria / David Lomas -- Prière de frôler : the touch in surrealism / Julia Kelly -- Anamorphic love : the surrealist poetry of desire / Katharine Conley -- Books of love, love books / Vincent Gille -- Lives and loves / Vincent Gille -- Surrealism, male-female / Dawn Ades -- Violation and veiling in surrealist photography : woman as fetish, as shattered object, as phallus / Hal Foster -- History, pornography and the social body / Carolyn J. Dean -- Critique of pure desire, or when the surrealists were right / Neil Cox -- Staging desire / Alyce Mahon -- Desire, a surrealist "invention" / Annie Le Brun.

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