Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


VIRTUAL — PPV: Ars Homo Erotica — Ten Years On

26 November 2020, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm


The event is organised jointly by Birkbeck's Centre for Museum Cultures; PPV (Perverting the Power Vertical), a research and art platforms based at the FRINGE Centre (UCL SSEES/ Institute for Advanced Studies) and The Courtauld Institute of Art.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Michal Murawski, Maria Mileeva and Denis Maksimov
m.mileeva@ucl.ac.uk; denis@avenirinstitute.info

Ars Homo Erotica exhibition opened at The National Museum in Warsaw on 10 June 2010. It examined the significance of homoerotic aesthetic and the homoerotic imagination in the history of art from ancient times until the present. This large-scale show had been devised as the museum’s contribution to the debate on the rights of the LGBTQ communities in Poland, in Eastern Europe, and in the larger world. The idea was proposed by the late Piotr Piotrowski, then the Director of the Warsaw Museum, as a major step of the Critical Museum project, which advocates the use of museum collections and resources to provide forum for debates on burning social and political issues at the time of conflict.

The exhibition was hotly discussed by the media from Poland to Canada, and was vehemently opposed by right-wing politicians in Poland.

This online debate will focus on the impact of the exhibition, which has been listed recently by Maura Reilly as one of the major events of curatorial activism. But, did it help to realign the field?

Please find further information here.

Itinerary for the evening:

  • Introduction by Katarzyna Murawska-Muthesius, Birkbeck; Michał Murawski, UCL, Maria Mileeva, Courtauld Institute of Art and Denis Maximov (PPV/Avenir Institute)

  • Katarzyna Murawska-Muthesius, Ars Homo Erotica - Ten Years Later

  • Maura Reilly, Ars Homo Erotica and Curatorial Activism

  • Paweł Leszkowicz, The Biggest Curatorial Challenge: Queering the National Museums 

  • Tomasz Kitliński, Art versus Homophobia - the Polish Case

  • Anastasiia Fedorova, Curating Queer Russian Power

  • Katarzyna Perlak, presentation of her film Niolam Ja Se Kochaneczke (I once had a lover) 2016, and Happy Ever After

  • Q&A

Please note that booking is essential and we reserve the right to postpone or cancel this event if necessary.