Discover Benelux, Issue 37, January 2017

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Discover Benelux  |  Alternative Amsterdam  |  Cultural attractions of the month

Discover the art of erotica TEXT: CHARLOTTE VAN HEK  |  PHOTOS: EROTIC MUSEUM

The Erotic Museum in Amsterdam is, as you might expect, located in the middle of the Red Light Strip. Looking at eroticism in all its forms throughout the ages, this quirky museum makes an interesting and dazzling way to complete your visit to the Dutch capital. With Amsterdam having an interesting cultural, colonial and social history, its erotic heritage is just as rich – and perhaps the most fun to learn about. The museum has an impressive collection of erotic art throughout the ages, from the old Dutch masters to contemporary artists. Visitors will find a variety of paintings, drawings, photographs, pottery, films and quirky objects, all within the themes of eroticism and seduction. Who said that history and eroticism do not go together? “Besides guiding visitors through the history of erotica, our museum also shows erotica in different cultures,” begins director Cor van Dijk. “The world of eroticism

and sexuality is a deeply interesting one.” The four-floored museum starts your tour in style: you will be welcomed by a model of a Dutch lady on a very special bicycle. From there, head off to the floor entirely dedicated to Sado Masochism and fetishism, get an insight into the most ancient profession, or admire the wonderful vintage erotic photographs. Absolute treasures are the original erotic sketches made by John Lennon (made while he was on his honeymoon in Amsterdam), the works of world-famous tattooist Henk Schiffmacher and drawings from Picasso.

Amsterdam’s history. This place is an absolute essential spot when you are visiting Amsterdam. On your way out, do not forget to get something from the quirky souvenir shop; the perfect proof to your friends at home that you have truly explored Amsterdam’s naughtiest hotspot. For more information, visit: www.erotisch-museum.nl

The Erotic Museum has narrow links with the eponymous museums in Barcelona and Las Vegas. “We frequently put the spotlight on exhibitions taking place over there. And we borrow artworks from each other: Barcelona loans us a Dalí, we loan them a Picasso,” Van Dijk laughs. As the Erotic Museum shows, erotica is an art form and an unmissable part of Issue 37  |  January 2017  |  67