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The Naked World of Spencer Tunick

1,700 People Strip Down for Spencer Tunick’s Opera Inspired Nude Installation 

Jun 25, 2012

About 1,700 naked participants painted in red and gold recreated American photographer Spencer Tunick’s interpretation of scenes from the Richard Wagner opera “Der Ring des Nibelungen” on Saturday (June 23) in Munich outside the opera house.

Tunick was invited to create the art installation by the Bavarian State Opera to mark the opening of the 2012 Munich summer opera season.

“I just hope people look at these works and understand that today the body is coming up against a lot of harsh censorship, not only here but in the United States,” the artist said.

“And that the body should be free, to make art naked in public space and anyone who tries to stop that is basically not really here for a healthy future on earth. The future to me is a society that supports the body in all artistic forms in public space, even is it’s nude.”

According to his website, Tunick has been documenting the “live nude figure in public” since 1992. It states that “individuals en masse, without their clothing, grouped together metamorphose into a new shape”.  The bodies extend into and upon the landscape like a substance. These grouped masses which do not underscore sexuality become abstractions that challenge or reconfigure one’s views of nudity and privacy. The work also refers to the complex issue of presenting art in permanent or temporary public spaces.

The photographer was born in 1967. He started taking pictures and making videos of naked people in 1992. He has made more than 75 temporal installations of thousands of naked people. His mass projects have been set in various cities of the world, including Caracas, New York, Barcelona, Bruges, London, and Lyon.

Tunick’s largest nude project was organised in Mexico in May 2007, where he brought together 18,000 people. Last year, Tunick created a nude art installation on the steps of the Sydney Opera House. In 2009 Tunick came to Moscow to work on an individuals project, which had just ten nude models.

Tunick’s installations encompass dozens, hundreds or thousands of volunteers; and his photographs are records of these events.

A slide show of some of his presentations:

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Watch a short video of the Munich show here: http://tv.ibtimes.com/1-700-people-strip-down-for-spencer-tunick-s-opera-inspired-nude-installation/6329.html

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