Nude Men. From 1800 to the Present Day

Leopold Museum, Vienna
Until 28 January 2013

Jean Cocteau, illustration for Jean Genet’s Querelle of Brest, 1947, printed book, published by Paul Morihien, illustrated first edition with a total of 29 illustrations by Cocteau, copy no. 300/460, Private collection © VBK, Wien 2012

Previous exhibitions on the theme of nudity have mostly been limited to female nudes. The Leopold Museum is 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 Nude men exhibition will offer an unprecedented overview of the depiction of male nudes. Starting with the period of the 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 also features important reference works from ancient Egypt, examples of Greek vase painting and works from the Renaissance. The presentation shows 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.