If the divine Marquis de Sade was reincarnated today, he would inevitably be surprised. The wildest fantasies that he magnified in his writings would be quite outmoded, as though time had accelerated at a great speed. The 'happy-few' aspect of sadomasochistic relations, the fashions that have had a great impact on the population, make these practices seem somewhat commonplace. A number of magazines and films recount these sexual adventures with complete honesty. The enthusiasts are no longer exceptions: they are part of our society, among our neighbours and colleagues. Beyond the stereotypes of women in leather boots with a whip in hand, they discover the pleasures of pain. It is a sexuality where pleasure looses its codification since procreation is no longer the goal. The search for sexual fulfilment in a protected society becomes for many a major preoccupation for the expression of one's existence. Travelling towards the limits of emotions is the theme explored by Professor Döpp, supporting his developments on an exceptional iconography.
Hans-Jürgen Döpp taught for a number of years at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, where he held a chair of psychoanalytical interpretation, as well as the cultural history of erotic art. For the past thirty years, he has been an avid collector of erotic art and has gained international recognition through various exhibitions and publications.
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