Nude Men Exhibition in Leopold Museum

2012-10-29 21:30 | Comments: 4

If we only reflect on it, we are all naked under our clothes.
— Heinrich Heine

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Nude Men by Ilse Haider

Male Nudes (2008-11). Three-dimensional artwork by Ilse Haider. Thousands of artificial stamina made of silicone form the silhouette of male nudes.

Hi, Nude Men is an "overdue" exhibition in Leopold Museum, turning the focus on naked men, while previous art exhibitions on nudity were mostly limited to female nudes.

Nude Men is a provocative, but not pornographic, a diverse, but not shallow, a comprehensive but not complete exhibition of paintings, sculptures and artworks of naked men from the time around 1800 to the present. As a bonus (called Prolog) the exhibition shows also five Roman and Ancient Greek statues of nude men.

The exhibition is a bit bigger than expected and attracted a lot of media attention due to its topic and prominent advertisings, including an overly large wooden print of a naked man (called Mr. Big) at the entrance of the museum.

Do not expect a section about erotic photography though. Leopold Museum offers more of an academic view on the subject, and as usual with art exhibitions my opinion about the exhibits varies between interesting, appealing, boring and ugly, back to interesting again.

Here is a selection of my favorites, which I can recommend visiting.

ps. Thanks to Xena for borrowing me her camera for this story :)

Photo credit: © Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna with MVK and ÖTM, Egyptian and Near Eastern Collection

Nude Men: Standing Figure of the Court OfficialSnofrunefer. Egyptian, Old Empire, late 5th Dynasty, circa 2400 B.C.

The oldest exhibit of the exhibition showing the Court Official Snofrunefer naked. Egyptian, Old Empire, late 5th Dynasty, circa 2400 B.C.

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Nude Men: Replica from the 16th century of the Roman statue Youth from Magdalensberg

Replica from the 16th century of the Roman statue "Youth from Magdalensberg".

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Nude Men: The Age Of Bronze (1875-76). Statue by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)

The Age Of Bronze (1875-76). Statue by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917).

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Nude Men: Male plaster model. Cast of Porphyrion from the Eastern Side of the Pergamon Altar, circa 1880

Male plaster model. Cast of Porphyrion from the Eastern Side of the Pergamon Altar, circa 1880.

Photo credit: © Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel

Nude Men: Paul Cézanne, Seven Bathers (Sieben Badende), circa 1900

Paul Cézanne, Seven Bathers (Sieben Badende), circa 1900.

Photo credit: © Musée Fabre de Montpellier Agglomération

Nude Men: Joseph-Désiré Court, Death of Hippolytos, 1828

Joseph-Désiré Court, Death of Hippolytos, 1828.

Photo credit: © Centre Pompidou, Paris, Musée national d'art moderne Centre de création industrielle. © VBK, Wien 2012

Nude Men: Alfred Courmes, Saint Sebastian (Self Portrait), 1934

Alfred Courmes, Saint Sebastian (Self Portrait), 1934.

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Nude Men: Johann Heinrich Füssli. Hercules Slays the Eagle of Prometheus. Oil on canvas, 1781-85.

Johann Heinrich Füssli. Hercules Slays the Eagle of Prometheus. Oil on canvas, 1781-85.

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Nude Men: Johann Heinrich Füssli. From the Saga of the Nibelungs: Brunhild Watching Gunther Suspended from the Ceiling. circa 1807-10

Johann Heinrich Füssli. From the Saga of the Nibelungs: Brunhild Watching Gunther Suspended from the Ceiling. circa 1807-10.

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Nude Men: Sascha Schneider. Embers / Die Glut, 1904. Oil on canvas

Sascha Schneider. Embers / Die Glut, 1904. Oil on canvas.

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Nude Men by Ilse Haider

Male Nudes (2008-11) by Ilse Haider.

The Nude Men (Nackte Männer) exhibition is open from October 19th 2012 until January 28th 2013 in Leopold Museum (MQ, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna).

Have you been to the exhibition, how did you like it?

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♥ Yes I was there and jööö - thanks for the nice review - so I can rewatch with calm my favorite pics of the exhibition as there by your side all my attention was on you cause you are much more attractive to me than all these nude males ;P

Kiss Xena

Thx, Xena ♥ Enjoyed your company very much and your expert view on the subject and your camera were invaluable for this review :)

Alexander on 2013-02-09 23:58

Thank you for the post and specially for photos. I wanted to visit Vienna for this exhibition but did not manage. And I saw too few pictures from this exhibition so I did not understand if there were only famous authors and only well-known works. So this is a wery good option for me.

Best wishes!

@Alexander: Thx for the feedback. Because of the great success, the exhibition has been extended till March 4th 2013. So there is still a chance to see it ;)

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