Nude Can­berra mu­seum ex­hibit at­tracts art-lov­ing stark­ers vis­i­tors

The China Post - - ARTS -

Art lovers have stripped off for nude tours of a new ex­hibit at the Na­tional Gallery of Australia, a con­cept de­signed to re­move the ma­te­rial bar­rier be­tween artist and au­di­ence.

The first adults-only tour, where clothes are dis­carded, at­tracted 50 or so peo­ple af­ter-hours on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon to view James Tur­rell: A Ret­ro­spec­tive, ex­plor­ing the Amer­i­can’s love of light and land­scape.

An­other sold- out break­fast show­ing at the Can­berra gallery, at­tended by men and women cov­er­ing a wide age range, took place on Thurs­day morn­ing.

Mel­bourne-based con­tem­po­rary artist Stu­art Ringholt led the cheeky events and said it was a lib­er­at­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Tur­rell’s show fo­cuses on light and skin drinks in light so we thought the works would be best viewed naked so the whole body can par­take in the ex­pe­ri­ence,” he told AFP.

The tick­ets were a sell-out and he said the tours were more than just about art and a min­i­mal­ist ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It was new con­cept for most peo­ple and we were also able to ex­am­ine our fear and em­bar­rass­ment about our bod­ies,” he said.

“Peo­ple were a lit­tle bit ner­vous to start with but once they got un­dressed they were smil­ing and laugh­ing. It was a very happy event.”

One of those on the tour, who was not named, told the Aus­tralian Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion that naked view­ing had changed his per­spec­tive on art en­tirely.

“Once you’re there ... you go, ‘Oh I could look at all art like this, for the rest of my life.’ I’ll prob­a­bly get ar­rested in fu­ture,” he said.

Af­ter the hour-long tour, the groups en­joyed drinks to­gether, also naked.


This hand­out pic­ture taken on Wed­nes­day, April 1 and re­leased by the Na­tional Gallery of Australia in Can­berra, Aus­tralian Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory, shows vis­i­tors on a tour of the Na­tional Gallery of Australia in which they all had to wear noth­ing but their birth­day suit.

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