An exhibition that explores the aesthetic, philosophical and political legacy of the Marquis de Sade in contemporary culture, from the early 20th-century avant-gardes to the present day.
“Sade. Freedom or Evil” is an invitation to revise stereotypes like the ones associated with the term sadism, and to reflect on how Sade can prompt shock and scandal on the one hand, and be hailed as the personification of revolution on the other. The exhibition addresses this analysis by looking at fundamental avant-garde figures who have celebrated the author: Guillaume Apollinaire, Georges Bataille, Salvador Dalí, Toyen and Man Ray, among others. It also presents the critical vision of Pier Paolo Pasolini and the reflections of contemporary artists who explore freedom of expression, the transmutation of gender roles, desire, violence, the institutionalization of terror and the role of pornographic imagination in consumer society.