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Friday, December 7, 2007

French Legacy Porn

The French National Library is...mounting an exhibition of erotic texts and art from the forbidden archive of police-seized erotica. The collection dates back to the 1700s and became known as "L’Enfer" (Hell) when the works were isolated from the rest of the library in the 1830s. Hell ceased intake in 1969 but the works are now finally available for public view (well the 16-and-over public anyway).

The show will include manuscripts from the Marquis De Sade, filthy chapbooks, early erotic photography and numerous key items of historically important smut.

An unused metro station is being converted into an advertisement for the show and trains will slow to a playful tease so riders can glimpse a preview.

Article via The London Times, Link via Violet Blue.

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