This multi-venue exhibition traces the history of homosexual and queer identity over the past 150 years. The section at the Deutsches Historisches Museum focuses on watershed moments in gay liberation within the German state, specifically focusing on section 175 of the German penal code, which was in effect from 1872 to 1994 and made “homosexual acts” between men punishable by law. The law was enforced in different ways by various governments in 20th-century Germany. The second section, on view at the Schwules Museum, the city’s gay museum, focuses on the recent and ongoing struggles of LGBTQ people and includes works by many contemporary artists whose works address gender and sexual politics. Among the artists with work on view are Louise Bourgeois, Andy Warhol, Heather Cassils, Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset, and Nicole Eisenman. A catalogue, available in German with an English-translation insert available, accompanies the exhibition.
IMAGE: Cassils 2011, Homage to Benglis, part of the larger body of work CUTS: A Traditional Sculpture. Cover of exhibition catalogue