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Vienna Museum Covers Up “Naked Men” To Appease Prudes

We told you just the other day about a new exhibit in Vienna devoted to the nude male form. Well now “Naked Men” at the Leopold Museum is going to be a little less naked: Revealing posters of soccer players advertising the show will have their privates covered up after a public outcry. (You can click here to see the uncensored artwork.)

“We got many, many complaints,”said museum spokesman Klaus Pokorny. “We didn’t realize that many people would be really upset or really angry—in a way that we are also afraid about security, about protection of the visitors of the museum.”

Pokorny says he’s disappointed his fellow Austrians are so uptight: “You always hope that we have made progress, that we are now in the 21st century.” But, alas, nein—so now a red paper stripe will offer a sliver of modesty to the men on some 180 posters around Vienna.

“Naked Men” which runs Friday through January 28, addresses the evolution of male nudity in art history through 300 works. The photo in question, called Vive la France, is by celebrated French artists Pierre & Gilles.