Sex brennt (exhibition)

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Sex brennt (German: Sex burns) was an exhibition on Magnus Hirschfeld’s Institute for Sexual Research and the Burning of the Books held from May 6, 2008 to September 14, 2008[1] at the Medical History Museum of the Charité University Medical Center in Berlin.[2]

Initiated by the Magnus Hirschfeld Society,[3] the exhibition commemorated the work of German physician and sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld and opened 75 years after the raid on Hirschfeld’s Institut für Sexualwissenschaft in May 1933.[4] Inaugural addresses were delivered by Klaus Wowereit,[5] Governing Mayor of Berlin, and Walter Momper, President of the Abgeordnetenhaus of Berlin and former Governing Mayor.[6]

Curated by Rainer Herrn,[7] and designed by Eran Schaerf and Christian Gänshirt,[8] the exhibition showed historic material as well as artwork by contemporary artists created for the occasion.[9] Involved were American composer and visual artist Arnold Dreyblatt, visual artists Pauline Boudry und Renate Lorenz, Danish artist Henrik Olesen, German filmmaker and documentarian photographer Ulrike Ottinger, visual artist Eran Schaerf and writer Eva Meyer.

External links[edit]

  • See some photographs at : [1]
  • See more photographs at : [2]


  1. ^ Franziska Scheven: Two new tributes unveiled in Germany to gay-rights activist persecuted by Nazis, at:
  2. ^ Sabine Rohlf: Sex Burns. Magnus Hirschfeld’s Institute for Sexual Research and the Burning of the Books, at
  3. ^ Magnus-Hirschfeld-Gesellschaft e.V. in Berlin at: , retrieved Feb. 7, 2014
  4. ^ Christine Lemke: Gedächtnisspiegelung [Mirroring Memory], at:
  5. ^ Jan Feddersen: Kleine, späte Geste für einen großen Mann, in taz.die tageszeitung, May 6, 2008, online at: , retrieved Feb. 7, 2014
  6. ^ Address by Walter Momper (in German), online at; , retrieved Feb. 3, 2014
  7. ^ See Herrn's short CV at:[2].PDF
  8. ^ Christine Lemke: Gedächtnisspiegelung [Mirroring Memory], at:
  9. ^ See for example: Eva Meyer and Eran Schaerf: Mein Gedächtnis beobachtet mich [My memory is observing me], (Video in German), 2008 at: