Every year there is a huge art show in Basel, Switzerland known as Art Basel, this huge show brings in the collectors with very deep pockets to wander through a maze of art galleries. These aren’t your ordinary galleries either. They apply for and survive a tenuous juried selection process to be allowed in.
Individual artists are not allowed; only galleries. However that does not stop certain performance
artists like naked artist Milo Moiré. That’s right, Moiré decided to strut her stuff, like some attention seeking peacock looking for a response, into the convention center naked.
According to Artnet , when the convention authorities turned her away, and told to put some clothes on, she decided to take her performance to a local town square. The daily patrons and tourists evidently got a real kick out of taking pictures with the nude artist. Well, at least the men did. Evidently, no women jumped at the chance to take selfies with her. Go figure.
This left me wondering. How is she able to get away with walking around town naked? If you tried this in the states you would probably end up in a jail cell or at the least with a coarse wool blanket and a ticket for indecent exposure.
Well, according to Switzerland’s The Local it’s not a legal issue.
“In the canton of Basel-City, mere nudity in public is not prohibited,” Andreas Knuchel, city police spokesman, told 20 Minuten newspaper.
The “non-sexually motivated” baring of flesh in a public place is neither punishable by the criminal code or by cantonal law, Knuchel said.
If anyone is disturbed by the public display of nudity they can launch a complaint, which the public prosecutor would then have to examine, he said.”
Responses to this performance range from a few whistles to claiming it’s all just a really sad joke. I’d love to show some pictures of the event but, after all art and nudity are always found together. But, the truth is I have a hard time accepting this under the category of art. It may have started out that way. But in the end it is nothing more than, for lack of a better word, exhibitionist exposure. (pun intended.)
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