This one of a kind establishment is only possible in Miami! The World Erotic Art Museum or WEAM is on the crossroads where erotica paraphernalia is displayed in a museum setting. Even more than a museum, WEAM is also a library, research center, and educational institution dedicated to the history of fine erotic art (the only museum of its kind in America).
The collection comprises more than 4,000 pieces—sculptures, drawings, paintings, and photographs among them—that date back to 300 BCE. The collection includes some (NSFW) pieces by such masters as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Robert Mapplethorpe, Helmut Newton, and Bunny Yeager, which all offer a fascinating way to understand the history of the world through the intersection of sex and art.
With over 20 rooms filled with over 12,000-square-feet of artwork, WEAM spans a wide range of mediums, time periods, and cultures. Objects in the collection include paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, textiles, furniture, and ceramics. Works date from antiquity and pre-Columbian to present day. Art objects come from all over the world; works from the canon of western and non-western art are equally well represented. One of the most famous items on display is a large example of a male appendage that served as a prop in Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 film “A Clockwork Orange.”
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History of WEAM
Naomi Wilzig (Founder of WEAM) was an American erotic art collector. In 1983 Wilzig began collecting erotic art for herself. Between 2003 and 2005 she accumulated more than 4,000 pieces of erotic fine art from 300 BCE to the present. Her personal collection became the base of the World Erotic Art Museum, which opened in 2005.
Works in collection span a huge variety of cultures and media. While there are several museums dedicated to the interpretation of sex, this is the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to erotic fine art.
The projects are realized in cooperations with different Berlin museums (Werkbundarchiv – Museum of Things, Bode Museum, Museum of European Cultures) and international research institutions (Kinsey Institute/Indiana University, Sexual Knowledge Unit/Exeter University)