You know we have to support this! Anything that puts the female gaze in the spotlight gets our approval. Even better when the audience gets to interact.
Nude Men from 1800 to Today features over 300 paintings, photographs, drawings and sculptures focused on the male nude in art.
After a male visitor stripped down to nuthin’ to view the art and was asked to re-dress by a security guard, the museum was flooded with requests to hold a nude-viewing.
So yeah of course they did. In Europe the museum-goer comes first, and if they want to look at priceless pieces of art by the likes of Egon Schiele with their balls flapping about, then by goddess, they should be allowed to, like the non-puritanical system of culturally independent countries they are.
On the first nude viewing of Nude Men, guess who showed up to look at themselves? A bunch of dudes. Not to be outdone one sole, brave 40-something woman dropped trou and did something about it. Namely look at art with a bunch of other naked Austrians.
P.S. The Leopold exhibit looks super awesome, but don’t think Europe is the only one in on the Gaze Game, in the US the Women’s Caucus for the Arts (WCA) held a similar traveling exhibition titled Man as Object: Reversing the Gaze back in 2011.