Today, my local chapter of Fort Lauderdale, Florida Romance Writers (FRW) organized an outing to visit the World Erotica Art Museum in South Beach, Miami. About twenty-five romance writers carpooled to spend a few hours at the museum where the owner and curator Noami Witzig received us. She gave us a very entertaining tour and explained that the four-thousand art pieces are part of a private collection by a single owner: herself. She bought them from all around the world and opened her museum almost three years ago, the only erotica museum in United States.
In addition to Mythological, Biblical and Oriental, one could find Ethnographic, Neo-Classical reproductions or originals, and European 17th to 20th century, American 20th century, very descriptive Alternative lifestyles and many more treasures.
A whole section dedicated to Japanese and Chinese erotica art counts numerous ivory figurines in different sexual positions, a huge black lacquered folding screen with ivory erotica decorations, innumerable drawings depicting sex, and paintings of geishas entertaining Japanese clients.
Another section presents English and French erotica art, French Can-Can dancers, Lady Godiva on her horse, famous nude paintings or funny sexual caricatures.
The Greek and Roman hall exhibits a huge golden phallus. The manager offered to take pictures of us standing next to the ceiling-high phallus, the only place where pictures are allowed. Most of us laughed and declined. The hall contains tapestries, sculptures, and miniatures of centaurs, satyrs and other mythological creatures. A whole room presents painting and sculptures of Leah and the swan. The legend has it that Zeus (Jupiter) the god of gods fell in love with the nymph Leah and transformed himself into a swan to seduce her.
I have to mention the Kuma Sutra wooden bed with four poles, each pole is a tall phallus; the bronze sculpture of a horse in erection; the paintings of a Pasha with his harem of seven naked women, all veiled; the Maharaja entertained by two concubines; a wall dedicated to Adam and Eve and their apple.
One room exhibits pictures of Marilyn Monroe from movies and Playboy magazines, while another harbors a collection of paintings and pictures of Josephine Baker.
If you come to Miami, take a few hours and visit this incredible museum. I guarantee you will have fun and learn a lot. And if you write erotica, this place will provide you with a well of inspiration. If you are interested in knowing more about this museum I can give you the website