21 juillet 2009

'Eros and Thanatos' @ Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Giambattista Tiepolo, The Death of Hyacinth, 1752-1753. Oil on canvas, 287 x 235 cm. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid. MADRID.- The close relationship between sexual desire and the death instinct – Eros and Thanatos – in the visual arts is the subject of this exhibition, whose title is taken from that of Georges Bataille’s book: Les larmes d’Eros. The exhibition also incorporates some of Bataille’s ideas on eroticism: the need for beauty, temptation as prohibition and transgression, and the parallels between the erotic and... [Lire la suite]