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Thursday, 27th June 2013
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Erotic Japanese art to feature at British Museum

The British Museum is set to host an exhibition which looks at the depiction of sex in Japanese art, but you will need to bring ID if you want to attend as it is aimed at those aged over 16.

Neil MacGregor, director of the museum, said visitors will be made aware that the retrospective contains sexually explicit illustrations and paintings. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, and those under 14 are advised of the nature of the artwork on display.

Mr MacGregor said: "This is an exhibition on sex in Japan which is on one level like sex everywhere else but on another very different."

Shunga, or spring pictures, is art that focuses on sex and the concept that it was idealised. The works on display were produced in Japan between the 16th and 19thcenturies, although the genre originates from Ancient China.

The exhibition will take place in the autumn, but exact dates are yet to be published.