SHAME! Exploring Masculinities

Exhibition, book and (online) events

23 oktober 2020 t/m 31 januari 2021

Duration extended until 1 March 2021

Since the #MeToo movement, the connection between masculinity and power has been closely monitored. The focus on ‘toxic masculinity’ influences our perception of male sexuality and significantly affects men’s self-image and self-esteem. Men are embarrassed by others and they feel embarrassed too. This programme explores and researches the representation of male shame, nudity, fatherhood, violence, rape, fascism and virility, men and war from both male and female perspectives. This programme presents contemporary works that address the complexity and contradictions of these socio-cultural constructions and realities and combines a scientific approach with the artistic perspective, personal stories, conversations and workshops.



Curator Ernst van Alphen shows how since the 60’s the representation of masculinity in visual culture has changed significantly, with a.o. politician, stateswoman, dick by dawn, enlarged by Ina van Zyl, the universal souvenir series by Natasja Kensmil, the soundscape special boy by Philip Miller and an extensive cabinet of drawings by Marlene Dumas with never before publicly shown work such as: the sexuality of christ, man bound to his own sight, whatever happened to the greeks! and with the works of Jeanette Christensen, Arnoud Holleman and sculptures of alabaster and soapstone by Hans Hovy, a video work by Nalini Malani and chronophotographies by Artur Żmijewski. Read more about possibilities to visit the exhibition.




H401 collaborated with Valiz Uitgeverij for the pubication SHAME! and masculinity with contributions by a.o. Wahbi Long, Maaike Meijer, Tijs Goldschmidt, Adeola Enigbokan, Ernst van Alphen and visual essays by the artists of the exhibition.


Video registrations of past events

For the whole programme of events please consult our agenda.

Opening words and book launch
22 October 2020: instead of a vernissage

Guided tour through exhibition

Ernst van Alphen in conversation with participating artists

Stick to your knitting

A round-table conversation on leadership, gender and misplaced metaphor


Shame! and masculinity – the politics of bodies
Kasia Bojarska talks with Alexandra Hirszfeld, Paweł Leszkowicz and Ernst van Alphen about the publication and the exhibition SHAME! And Masculinity.

Shame! and the memory politis of illiberate states
A keynote lecture by Andrea Petó in the framework of the exhibitions Shame! and Masculinity as well as the Heritage Contact Zone Week of Contested Heritage. Petó is also an author in the publication Shame!


Mannelijkheid. Kwetsbaarheid.
Een tweegesprek met Maaike Meijer en Glenn Helberg.

Ena Jansen, Philip Miller, Marlene Dumas
SHAME! and Masculinity from a South African perspective
February 25, 2021


The programme is realised on collaboration with

Goethe Institut
Timisoara 2021
Etz Hayyim Synagogue
European University Institute
Living Memorial
Culture Action Europe
Creative Court
Humanity in Action


The programme is made possible with the financial support of