Exhibition: Queer – Desire, Power and Identity.

How have views on homosexuality and homoeroticism coloured the image of art and artists over the ages? Nationalmuseum’s exhibition Queer: Desire, Power and Identity offers a new perspective on art history.

24 June – 10 August 2008

The exhibition looks at how the sexual norms have changed, masculine and feminine past and present, and how these norms have been transgressed. It examines how art and images have been used to undermine the heterosexual norm and offers a key to why certain motifs have become gay icons. Were past images of female homosexuality aimed at a voyeuristic male audience (“Peeping Toms”) and what is the situation today? The question of the observer’s identity is discussed, as is the question of whom and what art history has included or excluded.

Queer shows us how conceptions of sexuality, sex, gender, masculinity, femininity, erotic and sexual desire have influenced the creation, viewing and interpretation of artworks and the writing of art history. It also shows how art from the past can be used to reflect contemporary perspectives and highlight topical issues. 

Read more about the themes of the exhibition

  • Gender Benders
  • Image Culture and Desire
  • Naked and erotic – for whose gaze?
  • Exclusions in History of Art: Desire and Creativity

 More about each work of the exhibition 

Guided tours in English

Sunday 27 July, 3 pm
Wednesday 30 July, 3 pm
Friday 1 August, 3pm

Exhibition Curators

Patrik Steorn, Phd in Art History, Sockholm University
Veronica Hejdelind, Curator, Nationalmuseum.

Picture: Athletes, Eugène Janson

Athletes, Eugène Janson


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