Art lovers at the prestigious Leopold Museum in Vienna have pitched up to its latest exhibition entitled “Nude Men from 1800 to Today” with as little on as possible.
Members of the public were asked to attend the exhibition – which is designed to show how male nudity as an art has evolved over the centuries – without any clothes on.
The easy-going Viennese showed interest in this rather peculiar expression of art, with only socks and shoes on.
More than 60 art lovers embraced the special after-hours showing at the museum on Monday. However the unusual exhibition has attracted well over 100 000 people.
With only his socks, sneakers, and dazzling smile, Herbert Korvas, said: "I was drawn to the idea of naked museum viewing because it was something different."
As visitors moved from one work of art to another, the excitement of public nude viewing wore off as visitors paid attention to the history of humanity.
In November, a man made headlines when he stripped naked at the exhibition of pictures and sculptures, walked through the exhibition, then dressing again after he was requested to do so by security personnel.
“That act sparked demand for Monday's all-nude showing,” said museum spokesman Klaus Pokorny.
"We got requests from all over the world from people who were inspired by the exhibition ... who asked us, 'Can we visit the exhibition naked?'" he said.
Irina Wolf, a 40-something year old computer engineer and theatre critic said while she does not regularly strip naked in public, she wants to experience "how I relate to such a group."
For others, Monday's event fulfilled a long-cherished wish — even though they had a hard time explaining why.
Florian Kahlenberg from Munich said he found it "interesting to stroll through a museum naked," adding. "I've always wanted to do that."
Few visitors, naked or dressed, have complained about the show, despite some explicit material showing sexual acts.