A nude visitor walks through the art exhibition Nude Men at Leopold museum in Vienna on Feb 18, 2013. A group of nudists and naturalists took the curators at their word and showed up to see it on Monday in the buff. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
VIENNA (REUTERS) - The exhibit in Vienna's Leopold Museum is entitled Naked Men, so a group of nudists and naturalists took the curators at their word and showed up to see it on Monday in the buff.
"It is good to be free, I am seeing this exhibition for the second time now and it is perfect to see Naked Men as a naked man," said one of the visitors who called himself Max and who on his previous visit wore his clothes.
The exhibition, which has been extended until March 4, is designed to show the diverse and changing depictions of male nudity in art history.
Among its exhibits is a grotesque self-portrait by Egon Schiele and a photograph by French artists Pierre & Gilles called Vive La France of three men of different races wearing nothing but blue, white and red socks and soccer boots.