In the U.S. we equate nudity with sexuality, almost an automatic response. I was raised in the U.S. by Austrian parents. Nudity was quite common in our household, but the word sex never crossed my parents lips – certainly not in front of me.
“Associated Press/Ronald Zak – In this Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 photo, Naked Museum visitors look at pictures of the show “Nude Men from 1800 to Today” during a special opening to friends of nudism at the Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria. The show “Nude Men from 1800 to Today” opened its doors from 19 October 2012 to March 4,2013, looking at how artists have dealt with the theme of male nudity over the centuries. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)”
from 1800 to the present day
19 October 2012 – 04 March 2013
Previous exhibitions on the theme of nudity have mostly been limited to female nudes. With the presentation “naked men” in the autumn of 2012 the Leopold Museum will be showing a long overdue exhibition on the diverse and changing depictions of naked men from 1800 to the present.
Thanks to loans from all over Europe, the exhibition “naked men” will offer an unprecedented overview of the depiction of male nudes. Starting with the period of Enlightenment in the 18th century, the presentation will focus mainly on the time around 1800, on tendencies of Salon Art, as well as on art around 1900 and after 1945. At the same time, the exhibition will also feature important reference works from ancient Egypt, examples of Greek vase painting and works from the Renaissance. Spanning two centuries, the presentation will show different artistic approaches to the subject, competing ideas of the ideal male model as well as changes in the concept of beauty, body image and values.
Great photo from Leopold Museum site: http://www.leopoldmuseum.org/en/exhibitions/46/nude-men
Excerpts from article on show in yahoo ne