Patrons get naked for Vienna exhibition on nudity

A naked art tour allows visitors at the Leopold Museum in Vienna to experience the exhibition "Nude Men."
(Ronald Zak / Associated Press)

What the above photograph doesn’t show is that shoes were allowed during a recent naked art tour held at Vienna’s Leopold Museum. The highly unconventional gallery excursion -- in which guests were invited to strip down and walk about -- was tied to the exhibition “Nude Men,” a survey of art dealing with the nude male form.

Since opening last year, “Nude Men” has sparked a good deal of conversation in Vienna, particularly surrounding its promotional poster, which depicts three fully frontal nude soccer players. The show, which gathers art from the 19th century to the present day, is scheduled to run through March 4.

The nude art tour was coed, so participants needed to be comfortable being naked in front of members of the opposite sex.

A spokesman for the museum told Reuters in January that there was a request by an association from Germany for a nude guided tour.


“We thought about it, and decided it would be a good idea to have a special nude viewing open to the public,” the spokesman told the news service.

The museum was closed during the recent tour to prevent any unwanted voyeurism.


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