Vienna’s prestigious Leopold museum has seen its own share of humans, but not naked humans. According to a Feb. 19 Associated Press report, life imitated art when 60 nude art lovers took in the tour of “Nude Men from 1800 to Today” on Feb. 18. The tour, an exhibit of 300 paintings, photographs, drawing and sculptures focuses on the “bare male,” according to the Associated Press.
“I can't say I'm sweating,” said office worker Herbert Korvas as he stood with other young men, rocking “only socks, sneakers and a smile.” The publication reports that despite the cold temperature, Korvas said he was attracted to the idea of the naked museum tour “because it was something different.”
But was it? With over 50 other naked men around, what makes the experience different?
It appears the whole nude thing had already been done. The Associated Press reports that last November, a man sauntered through the exhibits at the museum naked, putting his clothes back on, only after a plea from a security guard, who was no doubt in shock.
The news of the November incident spurred this week’s nude viewing spectacle, according to museum spokesman Klaus Pokorny. “We got requests from all over the world from people who were inspired by the exhibition ... who asked us 'can we visit the exhibition naked?'” he said.
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