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The Controversial Poster for “Nude Men – From 1800 to Today” Exhibition


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By T.V. Antony Raj

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More women than men stop to stare at Mr. Big by Ilse Haider. Installation in the courtyard of the MuseumsQuartier, Vienna Walk-in sculpture. Courtesy Galerie Steinek, Vienna
More women than men stop to stare at Mr. Big by Ilse Haider. Installation in the courtyard of the MuseumsQuartier, Vienna Walk-in sculpture. Courtesy Galerie Steinek, Vienna

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In Austria, Elisabeth and Rudolf Leopold collected more than 5,000 exhibits over five decades. In 1994, the exhibits were consolidated into the Leopold Museum Private Foundation with the help of the Republic of Austria and the National Bank of Austria.

The Leopold Museum, housed in the Museumsquartier in Vienna, Austria, opened in 2001. It has one of the largest collections of modern Austrian art featuring artists such as Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka and Richard Gerstl. In fact, it houses the world’s largest Egon Schiele Collection.

The core of the Leopold Museum collection consists of Austrian art of the first half of the 20th century. It  includes key paintings and drawings by Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt. Major Austrian works of art from the 19th and 20th centuries illustrate the historical context. They show the gradual transformation from the Wiener Secession, the Art Nouveau/Jugendstil movement in Austria to Expressionism.

On October 19, 2012, it opened its major exhibition by Ilse Haider, about male nudes titled “Nackte Männer von 1800 bis heute” (“Nude Men – From 1800 to Today”). The exhibits describe how male nudity has evolved in art and includes pieces by Egon Schiele, Auguste Rodin and Andy Warhol.

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Nackte Männer (Source - .huffingtonpost.co.uk)
The controversial Poster “Nackte Männer – von 1800 bis heute” (Source – .huffingtonpost.co.uk)

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The Museum advertised the event with a large promotional street poster that featured one of the exhibition’s most prominent artworks, a photograph called ‘Vive La France‘ by French artists Pierre & Gilles. It showed three French football players: the first black, the second Arab/Muslim and the third white. All three players standing naked on a pitch, with their genitals revealed, showered with confetti. They wore nothing but socks and boots.

The poster elicited a public outcry. The Museum denied the allegations that the controversial poster was a gimmick to draw crowds to its major exhibition. However, the artists themselves amended their work. They added a red stripe to cover the players’ genitalia on roughly 180 large posters in Vienna.

In fact, the public outcry proved that the photo’s jubilant scene prophetic. The exhibition, which ran until January 28, 2012, was a great success and drew more than 2000 daily visitors. evolved in art and includes pieces by Egon Schiele, Auguste Rodin and Andy Warhol.

An obvious question that arises from the controversy over the naked French footballers is:

“Why is the image of a naked male more controversial than the image of a naked female?”

May be we have become more accustomed to seeing naked women more than naked men.  The devil

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How Much Time Do Men Spend on Household Chores?


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Myself By T.V. Antony Raj

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Recently, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) conducted a survey on “gender disparities in various nations” across 30 countries. It revealed that women average 158 minutes a day doing paid work and men spend 259 minutes in their workplaces.

The survey also revealed that an average woman does 168 minutes a day of housework while men spend 74 minutes a day on household chores. The men average 18 minutes for shopping and 16 minutes caring for the family, and women spend 28 minutes and 40 minutes for these tasks.

Average minutes per day men spend on unpaid housework (Source: theatlantic.com)
Average minutes per day men spend on unpaid housework (Source: oecd.org)

Slovenia was part of the former Yugoslavia. In 1991, Slovenia became an independent country. The above chart shows that men in Slovenia do the most unpaid household chores at 114 minutes per day.

Men in Korea and Turkey spend a mere 21 minutes a day on housework, while their women spend 2 hours 18 and 4 hours 21 minutes a day respectively.

In its recent gender inequality index, the United Nations placed India at position 132 out of 148 countries. This certainly shows that equality in sharing household chores does not apply to Indian men. In the above chart, India is at the bottom of the list after the Koreans and the Turks.

Pinky Das, a housewife from Kolkata, buys vegetables for her household. (TOI file photo by Sayantan Ghosh)
Pinky Das, a housewife from Kolkata, buys vegetables for her household. (TOI file photo by Sayantan Ghosh)

An average Indian man devotes just 19 minutes doing household chores while an Indian woman spends 4 hours 58 minutes doing housework.

The position of Indian men in the above chart looks too true. But we should be aware that most of them get meagre income and salaries. Hence, they spend more time at their workplaces. And, when they come home after a gruelling day’s work, they need to rest their tired body and mind.

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