Nude men take the spotlight in Paris art exhibit

Published: September 25, 2013

The naked male is ‘no longer possible to ignore,’ said president of Paris’ Musée d’Orsay Guy Cogeval, referring to the Masculin/Masculin exhibit opening this week. The exhibit running from 24 September 2013 until 2 January 2014 will include over 200 pieces that range from classical pieces like paintings and sculptures to contemporary works by gay artists including Pierre et Gilles, David Lachapelle and George Platt Lynes. Masculin/Masculin: The Nude Made in Art from 1800 to the Present Day is ‘an interpretive, playful, sociological and philosophical approach’ to male nudity in art. While the female nude has received a greater amount of attention both from artists and the public, Masculin/Masculin is meant to ‘amuse’ and ‘surprise’ the public. ‘The male nude still troubles people,’ said curator Xavier Rey, even though ‘we think we live in a very liberated society’. Cogeval suggested the legalization of same-sex marriage helped open the way for the exhibit. 

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