Alfred Kinsey interviewing a woman, photograph by William Dellenback (c) The Kinsey Institute


(Alfred Kinsey interviewing a woman)

The Institute of Sexology is an unique exhibition in the UK of the “most discussed of the private acts”. It is a tribute to Magnus Hirschfeid’s Institut für Sexualwissenschaft in Berlim. Hirschfield, a Jewish doctor and sexologist, founded his Institute in 1919, a place that provided a huge number of archives and library on sexuality to the public and provided educational services and medical consultations, and also housed the Museum of Sex. Magnus Hirschfield, a Jewish doctor and sexologist, was an outspoken advocate for sexual minorities, a feminist, and is considered the father of transgenderism. The Institute was destroyed by the Nazis in 1933.


The exhibition features over 200 objects spanning art, rare archival material, erotica, film and photography, and focus on a scientific comprehension of sexuality, from Freud and Marie Stopes to Alfred Kinsey’s questionnaires, William Masters and Virginia Johnson, analyzing how information can changes attitudes towards sex.

Please note that ‘The Institute of Sexology’ includes exhibits and live events of a sexual nature.

Wellcome Collection. 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE. Until 20th September 2015.

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