Monday, March 11, 2013

Nackte Männer in Wien / Naked Men in Vienna

The Leopold Museum in Vienna recently had an exhibition entitled, Nackte Männer (Naked Men). The exhibition, which closed on March 4th, included works from Cezanne, Rodin, Klimt , Munch, Giacometti, Mapplethorpe, and Haring.

Nude women are not a rarity in art, but nude men have been neglected, especially in art exhibitions. This recent exhibition attempted to rectify that disparity; and by all accounts, the exhibition was a huge success. Perhaps other museums will take note. 

An interesting aside: As part of its publicity campaign, the Leopold Museum opened its doors to a group of nude men for a private preview. It turns out the preview got more media attention than the exhibition itself. 

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