About AMEA // World Museum of Erotic Art

This was AMEA’s original 1996 disclaimer: AMEA is located on a server in Amsterdam NL and it is was founded by a small group of Dutch artists in 1996. Although much of the material presented here is considered to be pornography in many countries, it is the strong conviction of the founders that looking at imagery concerning the act of love will do no damage to your health. Click on the links in the top menu bar to start your journey through the past and present of erotic art.

AMEA's offices are at the Nieuwmarkt in Amsterdam, this painting shows the Nieuwmarkt as depicted by Willem Koekkoek in the 19th Century
AMEA’s offices are at the Nieuwmarkt in Amsterdam, this painting shows the Nieuwmarkt as depicted by Willem Koekkoek in the 19th Century.

In reality AMEA // World Museum of Erotic Art was founded by Hans van der Kamp on a 386 desktop computer in his son’s bedroom in 1996. The title World Museum of Erotic Art had a lot of irony in it. Still, it is believed to be the first large site with erotic art to be linked by Yahoo!, resulting in thousands of visitors every day. Even the name World Museum of Erotic Art was soon copied by WEAM in Miami, a brick and mortar Museum.

The site became even more popular when a Forum was added around 1998. This forum called The Hidden Archives had a vast amount of daily visitors from different countries and cultures. It became a Babylon of Erotic Art and there were daily clashes between moderators and a majority of American visitors.

The Hidden Archives were handed over to that majority, the conflicts vanished and the site went out like a candle.

In the last new interface we revived the Hidden Archives in a modest form, but unfortunately it was stampeded by The SPAM Brigade from Poland and there were very few erotic art related posts.

2009 was the first year the main site fell from very few updates to no updates at all, mostly caused by the absence of founder Van der Kamp who was too busy pursuing his own career as a photographer. However, Van der Kamp stayed on as a curator/adviser.

Lately Van der Kamp came up with this new concept and is going solo once more. Of course with the help of a small group of friends.

If you have any remarks, ideas, or complaints about this new setup, please contact us, using the contact form.

Enjoy your stay!