PARIS – Several portraits and sculptures got an eyeful recently when the museum they call home opened its doors to a bunch of nudists.
According to Reuters, the Palais de Tokyo contemporary art museum in Paris hosted a one-off naturist event earlier this month, granting nudists special off-hour access to an exhibit. A total of 160 attendees, all wearing nothing but their birthday suits, participated, a fraction of the estimated 2.6 million naturist practitioners in France.
Lauréate du #TurnerPrize en 2013 et représentant la France à la #BiennaledeVenise 2019, #LaureProuvost nous invite à une échappée, tant géographique que mentale avec son expo « Ring, Sing and Drink for Trespassing ». ???? À découvrir à partir du 22 juin. – Winner of the #TurnerPrize in 2013 and selected to represent France at the next #VeniceBiennale, #LaureProuvost invites us to an escape as psychological as geographical with her new exhibition “Ring, Sing and Drink for Trespassing”. ???? To discover from June 22. – ???? Laure Prouvost, We Will Feed You, Cooling Fountain (For Global Warming), 2018 Courtesy de l’artiste et Nathalie Obadia (Paris / Bruxelles), carlier | gebauer (Berlin), Lisson Gallery (Londres / New York)
“The naturists’ way of life is to be naked,” Julien Claude-Penegry, communications director of the Paris Naturists Association told Reuters. “Today, the mentality is changing. Naturists…are pushing past barriers, taboos or mentalities that were obstructive.”
Naturist events are gaining in popularity in Paris and elsewhere. Those in the buck have launched similar initiatives in the French capital, including a dedicated nudist zone in the Bois de Vincennes last year. It proved to be so popular that the space recently reopened in time for the busy summer season.
What’s next on the naked agenda? A possible nudist clubbing night in Paris planned for later this year.