The work was originally exhibited by the notorious art collective at the London Institute of Contemporary Arts in 1976.Back then, it also included rusty knives, used syringes and sanitary towels, and bloodied hair, while prostitutes were asked to walk around the gallery and mingle with guests.The collective’s members, including Cosey Fanni Tutti – who features in many of the pornographic pictures – and Genesis P-Orridge, claimed that they were making a comment on art as a form of prostitution.But the group was denounced in the House of Commons as “wreckers of civilisation”, while MPs questioned the abuse of public money and how exactly it was allowed to go ahead.The collective, which was founded in Hull, later performed under the name Throbbing Gristle, a pioneering noise band with a repertoire that featured a song about the Moors Murderers. There are still a couple of pieces that would outrage people, but now it is what you see on social media most of the timeDavid Sinclair, Humber Street Gallery curator Hull is spending more than £30 million on a year of events and hopes to attract one million visitors.The city will also host the Turner Prize as part of the celebrations. Martin Green, chief executive of Hull 2017, said: “All those people who come will spend money here and stay, drink and shop here. So this is great, world-class culture being used as a regenerative and economic boost to the city.”The exhibition is open until March 22 at the Humber Street Gallery in Hull. David Sinclair, the curator at the Humber Street Gallery, said the show, which took two years of planning, was a “real insight into COUM and their journey to Throbbing Gristle”.But he admitted that some pieces were still likely to cause outrage. “There are explicit content signs up and there are a couple of pieces that require parental consent, but you put it in a historical context and understand it is 40 years ago,” he said.“It would have been outrageous at the time and there are still a couple of pieces that would outrage people, but now it is what you see on social media most of the time.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. It is one of the most controversial events in the history of British art, having been deemed so offensive it sparked a Parliamentary debate. And now, 40 years on, members of the public will be able to see exactly why COUM Transmissions’ Prostitution show caused such a stir.For a new X-rated exhibition including full-frontal nudes, pornographic video footage and bondage equipment from the original show opens on Friday in Hull in celebration of its City of Culture status. Visitors will also be able to admire an image of a couple in flagrante, a jewelled genital pouch and a “cut-up” collage of a woman masturbating. An installation titled We Are Hull is projected onto the city’s Maritime Museum, forming part of the Made in Hull seriesCredit:Danny Lawson/PA The collective later performed under the name Throbbing Gristle, pictured performing in California in 1981Credit:Michael Ochs Archives The new show, which will run until March 22, tells the wider story of their career and also includes diaries and letters from personal archives.Many of the pieces have not been on display since the 1976 show, while a larger installation of people’s recollections are also on display.Visitors have been told to “take an open mind, expect nudity, profanity and maybe a little anarchy”. A sign outside warns that it is unsuitable for children, but there is no age limit.