Vallarta Living | Art Talk | April 2005
|German Nudes Fill Museum For Unusual Exhibit|
Berlin - One hundred virtually naked women between the ages of 18 and 65 have displayed their bodies in a Berlin art gallery to prepare for a one-day exhibit on Friday.
|Italian artist Vanessa Beecroft (front) poses for the media as German nude models present her work the 'VB55' performance at the Neue Nationalgalarie art museum in Berlin April 7, 2005. One hundred virtually naked women between the ages of 18 and 65 displayed their bodies in a Berlin art gallery on Thursday to prepare for a one-day exhibit on Friday. (Photo: Reuters)|
Wearing only transparent tights, the 100 nearly nude models stood, kneeled or sat down on the floor of the New National Gallery before a small crowd of journalists on Thursday. Bystanders peered in through windows from outside the building.
"It's challenging and aggressive for the audience," said Vanessa Beecroft, the Italian-born New York artist, who said it was the largest such exhibit she had ever organised.
"It's not pleasant, it's not sensual and it's not beautiful," Beecroft told Reuters.
"The models are not wearing anything, no shoes, no make-up or special hairstyles. I wanted to see if they could still develop a distance to the audience, as if they were part of a portrait, a human portrait and not just objects."
The women will stand for three hours in a square area in the centre of the musuem during Friday evening's exhibit. They will not be allowed to talk or look at each other and must remain standing as long as possible.
Most of the women responded to a newspaper advert. Beecroft said she was not sure why they had come, but was happy that so many did.