'Naked men' exhibit causes controversy

2012-10-18 10:37

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Vienna - The Leopold Museum, a major institution of modern art in Vienna,  has opened its ‘Nackte Manner’ (‘Naked Men’) showcase  - but the run-up to the event has been received with some controversy.

According to the Daily Mail, the museum's decision to advertise the show with giant versions of some of the works on display hasn't been received too well.

One of the artworks by Austrian Photographer Ilse Haider called 'Mr Big' placed outside the museum has been drawing lots of attention - it depicts a nude man reclining on one elbow, but the museum has since had to cover the intimate parts of the advertisement image.



‘We got many, many complaints,’ Klaus Pokorny, a spokesperson for the museum says. With some even threatening to deface the image.

‘Many people told us that they wanted to, or had to, protect their children,’ Mr Pokorny continued. ‘Some had warned that “if we won’t cover it, they would go there with a brush and they would cover it with colour.” Already somebody did that.’

According to a statement on the museum website,  "the exhibition offers revolutionary perspective on the human body".

‘Previous exhibitions on the theme of nudity have mostly been limited to female nudes,’ it reads. ‘Thanks to loans from all over Europe, the exhibition “Naked Men” will offer an unprecedented overview of the depiction of male nudes.’

It also describes the show as ‘a long overdue exhibition on the diverse and changing depictions of naked men.’

The exhibition, featuring more than 300 images will run until January 28 2013.

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