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Exposition on Gay British Art in the Tate Britain Museum

(Blogmensgo, gay blog of March 22, 2017) From April 5 until October 1st, 2017, the Tate Britain museum is showing an exposition named “Queer British Art 1861-1867” with many unknown pieces by British artists such as Oscar Wilde. The curator of the museum, Clare Barlow, will offer a guided tour behind the scenes on May 8. Among many others, there will also be some erotic exhibits.

The two dates in the title have a special meaning: In 1861, the death penalty for homosexual acts was abolished, and they were finally legalized in 1967 (see our article on the pardon for condemned gays). In 2017, we may therefore celebrate the 50 anniversary of legalalization of homosexuality.

Poster for the exhibition on Queer British Art

Poster for the exhibit Queer British Art showing a self-portrait by Gluck (1942) ©Tate Britain & National Portrait Gallery, London

The exhibition looks beyond the British horizon because Oscar Wilde was Irish, and there are pieces by American painter John Singer Sargent.

Aside from paintings and drawings, there are LGBT photos and films.

Bloomsbury Group

The Bloomsbury Group, a whole group of LGBT artists. © wikimedia.org

The exhibition shows pieces by gay painter John Singer Sargent and bisexual painter Dora Carrington who was in love with the English biographer Lytton Strachey but married his lover Ralph Partdrige. After Strachey’s death and Carrington’s suicide, Partridge married female writer Frances Partridge.

Carrington and Frances Partridge are indirectly linked with the Bloomsbury Group whose three most prominent members were economist John Maynard Keynes and writers E. M. Forster and Virginia Woolf.

Painting by Simeon Solomon

“Sappho and Erinna in a Garden at Mytilene” by Simeon Solomon ©Tate.ork.uk, (CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0)

The exhibition also features works by Francis Bacon and David Hockney. On February 9, the museum also opened a special exhibition on Hockney (ending on May 29, 2017). In the following video, he talks about that:

One part of the exhibit shows the history of homosexuality and its perception in politics and society.

So: If you travel to London until October 2017, make sure to visit the Tate Britain!

Frank-S / MensGo

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