Nudity is an all or nothing kind of thing, as Qatari authorities recently discovered. Seek to drape the naughty bits of a pair of ancient sculptures of nude male athletes, and you end up with no nudes at all. This is precisely what happened at Alriwaq Doha exhibition space. Having loaned the gallery the two sculptures for its Olympics Past and Present exhibition, Athens preferred to see them returned than exhibited with their modesty veiled. The Qatari anxiety about displaying the naked body has a different root — but is no more or less valid — than that which saw thousands of statues suffer the chop across the history of the Western world. Good on Athens, then, for stepping up to reclaim a handle on her heritage, in precisely the area she lost it years ago: the right for genitalia in her art to be displayed in all their naked glory. The ancient Greeks had no problem with nudity in art.
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The ancient statues depict young men, naked and muscled, in their physical prime. The two sculptures were supposed to celebrate the purity and kinetic beauty of ancient sport in a traveling exhibit, "The Olympics — Past and Present. But when the Greek exhibit reached the conservative Muslim emirate of Qatar, the two statues were placed behind a screen of sheer black cloth. One statue is dated to B. The other depicts a young athlete with short curls. It's a Roman-era copy of a famous bronze now lost by the ancient sculptor Polykleitos, who designed male nudes with mathematical scale and artistic purity. Vlazaki says the Qatari organizers of the exhibit asked for the two statues, as well as several small bronze nudes that remain on display. But Vlazaki says there were "objections from above" after the statues arrived.
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US Defense Minister Jim Mattis denounced the practice as"egregious violations of the fundamental values we uphold at the Defense Department. The scandal broke over the weekend with the revelation that pictures of female Marines in various stages of undress had been shared on a secret Facebook group called"Marines United. He said some of the photos were taken surreptitiously, while others had been taken by the women themselves but shared without their consent.
Athens: Greece has pulled two ancient statues of nude males from an Olympic exhibition in Doha after Qatari authorities insisted on veiling them. A Culture Ministry official says exhibition organisers wanted to avoid scandalising female visitors. Greek Deputy Culture Minister Costas Tzavaras, who visited the country last month for the exhibition opening, objected, saying the works should be displayed as they were or shipped home. The statues date to the 6th and 2nd centuries BC. You can manage them any time by clicking on the notification icon. Tuesday, March 3,