The cliché about artists is that they bare their souls and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe too this literally with his groundbreaking work. A in Montreal has taken it LOOKING at art a step further towards the erotic.
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts invited around 100 visitors to view its current exhibition of Mapplethorpe completely naked. The special evening tour was conducted after hours with the unclothed participants going through the Focus: Perfection — Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition with Thomas Bastien, the museum’s Director of Education and Cultural Action,
“When you look at his photos, you can see the diversity of bodies that he captured. We wanted to find a way to reflect that diversity for visitors to the exhibit.“
The event’s organisers had hoped that the visitors would be able to better appreciate the nudes by being nude themselves although, they weren’t exactly sure how the event would be received at first.
The majority of the event’s attendees were men, with only three women. One of the nude participants, Braden Scott, a student in art history shared his experience:
“I think initially people were a bit shy, but there was a cocktail first, so anyone with issues could get over it. My initial response when I saw the ad was, ‘This is a night for perverts.’ But then I thought about it and realised what a great idea it is, given Mapplethorpe’s art.
Everyone had their clothes off and we’re looking at many photos of naked people, as well as photos depicting BDSM. It felt cruisey, but I also felt shy. It was a weird combination.”
“I might have expected an event like this to be organised by a smaller gallery. I’m very impressed that the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts did this. It shows that they are aware of what he was doing and who he was speaking to. Doing an event like this integrates the work with the spectator. I’m quite blown away that the Museum did this — it speaks to their respect for him as an artist.“
Watch what happened.
(T/Y Tad; Photos, Sebastien Roy; via Gay Star News)