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Eros in Asia: Erotic Art from Iran to Japan

Eros in Asia: Erotic Art from Iran to Japan is the first exhibition from The Kinsey Institute to highlight its extensive collection of erotic artwork from across the Asian continent.

Unknown artist, Iran
Man and woman engaged in coitus on a swing, early 20th century
Paint on paper; 172R A005b; Donated in 1981

In the 1940s and 1950s, Dr. Alfred Kinsey actively collected visual materials from around the world, to enable him to study sexual behavior and attitudes in countries such as China, India, Iran, and Japan. Since that time the institute has continued to acquire paintings, prints, illustrated books, sculptures, and art objects from Asian countries, each of which has its unique artistic traditions and genres for the visual representation of sexuality.

Unknown artist, China
Man and woman in bed, with attendant, c.1750
Gouache on paper; 218P A003.1
Donated in 1969

A public reception for Eros in Asia will be held on Friday, February 20, from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

On Friday, February 20th, 12:30 pm, Dr. Christiane J. Gruber will present a lecture titled "Of Beardless Youths, Courtesans, and Voyeurs: Persian Erotica in the Kinsey Institute." Audience members will be invited to view the exhibition following the talk. Dr. Gruber, an art historian at Indiana University, studies Iranian art and Islamic visual culture. The talk will be held in Morrison 007.

The Kinsey Institute Gallery is open 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm weekdays or by appointment. Admission is free. Visitors should be 18 years of age or older, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.


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