Vienna's Museums Post Nude Artworks on OnlyFans

  • October 17, 2021 19:43

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"Titian's Vision of Women" is on view until January 16, 2022, at Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna. Tiziano Vecellio, called Titian. Nymph and Shepherd, 1570/75.
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

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.

The tourism board in Vienna said the capital city is home to "some of the world's most famous artists [...] whose works pushed the boundaries of what was considered acceptable in art and society at the time [...] so it hardly comes as any surprise to learn that some of their artworks fell foul of the censors over 100 years ago. [...] Major social media channels like Instagram and Facebook have nudity and 'lewd' content firmly in their sights." Adding: "Vienna and its art institutions are among the casualties of this new wave of prudishness," as the reason for posting "the capital's world-famous 'explicit' artworks on OnlyFans."
At the Albertina Museum, through January 9, 2022, a major exhibition of Amedeo Modigliani includes "Female Nude Reclining on a Pillow," 1917. Staatsgalerie Stuttgart © bpk, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

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