Rodin Kiss

Rodin's The Kiss

Intimate Worlds: Exploring Sexuality through the Sir Henry Wellcome Collection

5th April - 29th June 2014
Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter

Between 1900 and his death in 1936, the billionaire pharmaceutical giant, Sir Henry Wellcome, amassed over a million objects from across the globe and for his Museum of Medical History. A substantial proportion of these related to human sexuality in all its forms. Wellcome believed passionately in the potential of historical artefacts to unlock the secrets of human sexuality by revealing the varieties and complexities of the way that sex has been understood and represented in different cultures across global history.

The variety of attitudes and cultural practices embodied by this display of objects prompts us to question our own attitudes towards such contemporary issues as censorship and display, the boundaries between childhood and adulthood, control of sexuality, fertility and contraception, pleasure and power relations. It asks our audiences to open up their minds and to reflect of the value and significance of sex to us today.

Visit the University's Partnership in Focus webpage for more information about our collaboration with the Royal Albert Memorial Museum.