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Lovestruck at SAMA: Special exhibitions inspired by theme of love at San Antonio Museum of Art

Love makes the world go ‘round. And at SAMA this fall, love in its many forms and meanings, finds expression. For centuries, gods and mortals alike have been unable to resist Aphrodite. Under the influence of our exhibition devoted to her—Aphrodite and the Gods of Love, the museum’s curators were inspired to conceive smaller exhibitions that echoed the themes of sensuality, sexuality, beauty and love.

In the contemporary galleries, a new series of work was produced at SAMA by internationally acclaimed photographer and video artist Adad Hannah and is on view in Adad Hannah: Intimate Encounters. With its multiple bonding of bodies and mash-up of cultural details, Hannah suggests that sensuality is a universal human attribute, common to all cultures, past and present. September 1-December 30, 2012.

Visitors will find a small show of Japanese prints from the early eighteenth century by artist Okumura Masanobu in the Lenora and Walter F. Brown Asian Art Wing. Titled Love in Three Capitals, the exhibit highlights a rare and complete set of twelve prints done in the erotic art tradition of shunga. Made over 300 years ago, the images form a visual comparison of lovers in three great cities of Japan—Edo, Kyoto and Osaka. September 7-November 11, 2012.

In the Latin American wing, Rostros de Maria: The Virgin as Archetype and Inspiration explores the idea of divine love. It draws on the Museum’s rich collection of Marian images and illustrates the broad variation of the genre across time, place and culture. August 18, 2012-February 20, 2013.

Meanwhile, back in the permanent collection, from pre-Columbian to Contemporary art, we’ve conceived a self-guided “Tour of Love.” Look for it in the lobby kiosk.


The San Antonio Museum of Art is housed in the historic Lone Star Brewery along the Museum Reach section of the San Antonio River Walk near downtown. SAMA’s collection contains more than 25,000 works of art representing cultures from around the world and over 5,000 years of history.

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