Tears of Eros Exhibition opens in Madrid
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 10-30-09
Photograph by Man Ray
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The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid presents "Tears of Eros" opening October 20, the title of the exhibition is borrowed from Les Larmes d'eros (1961), Geoge Bataille's last book before his death. Bataille explores the connection and similarities between sex and death, examining their parallel sensations as written about in ancient mythologies.

Likewise, the artworks in the exhibition adhere to this connection, a handful of artworks are selected to illustrate each of Bataille's chapters based of different mythos. It comes to no surprise that a majority of the artists were members of the Surrealist circle and Bataille's contemporaries. Artists include : Man Ray, Gustave Corbet, Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Bill Viola, Marina Abromnovic, and Cindy Sherman among others.

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