Vienna's tourism board is turning to adults-only platform and website OnlyFans to post museum artwork that is deemed "explicit." The move, reports CNN, is a work-around to social media censorship of art that at times flags images of nude figures or even suspends museum accounts due to art content depicting the human form.
Fleshy females portrayed by Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens on Instagram are among the artworks flagged as a violation to community guidelines by the social media behemoth, according to Vienna museums.
AI sifts through over 95 million images added per day on Instagram from its 964 million users. As The Guardian noted in 2020: "Facebook’s artificial intelligence technology for identifying nudity gets it right more often than not."
Still, the Albertina Museum and the Leopold Museum are among Austria's art institutions using OnlyFans, with its 50 million registered 18+ users, to post artworks that may get censored on social media, according to Vienna's tourist board.
With major exhibitions of Modigliani and Titian currently on view in the city, along with loads of collection works by Austrian art stars such as Egon Schiele, the nude is certainly on full display in Vienna this fall.