Nude Men

Nude Men is a current exhibition at the Leopold museum. It shows paintings and a few sculptures, mostly from the 18th century onwards, all featuring naked men.

There has been quite some outrage when the exhibition opened in Vienna. Because the poster that advertised it actually showed *gasp* naked men! Not doing anything sexual, not even remotely pornographic, just standing there.

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Edvard Munch and the Uncanny

Edvard Munch and the Uncanny is an exhibition currently in the Leopold Museum in Vienna. It’s gonna be there until January 18th.

The exhibition features art from the late 18th century to the early 20th and apart from Munch they have taken works from artists like Goya, Redon, Bosch, Piranesi, Kubin and Ensor (among others). It has a nice length – not going too slow, it takes you about an hour and a half or two hours to see it all. Personally, I thought Munch’s works the least spectacular but that’s probably because I’m more at home in the drawing/graphics department than in the paintings department. At least in this case.

Anyways, Munch’s paintings were less uncanny than disturbing in what they said about the man who painted them (paging Doctor Freud!). Judging from his painting (and from his paintings alone, I hardl know anything about him), he must have had a very difficult relationship with women in general and some pedophile tendencies.

The exhibition was an interesting summary of what was considered uncanny and partly still is. But some things do seem a little funny nowadays and less scary. Like one of my favourite pieces of the whole exhibition, Félicien Rops‘ Dinner with Atheists.

Unfortunately, I can’t find the version exhibited, but here’s a similar enough draft:

Generally speaking, I found it pretty amazing how many naked women there were in this exhibition – female nakedness and sexuality must be a really scary thing for men…

[More favourites after the break.]

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