National Gallery allows public to spy on naked women
British artist Mark Wallinger is spicing things up at The National Gallery in London with a voyeuristic show worthy of any mythical Greek's approval. The exhibit titled Diane, consists of six women bathing alone in a tub while museum-goers spy on them through peepholes, keyholes and blinds. The inspiration behind Diane is drawn from three Titian paintings depicting the story of the hunter Acteon spying on the Goddess of Hunt, Diane, while she is bathing nude.
To find his models, the Turner Prize-winning artist was forced to turn to none other than Twitter. ''I did it initially through emails and contacts and then finally Twitter was the key that unlocked it,'' says Wallinger. The women, who are all named Diane, will take turns bathing in two-hour shifts, and have no rules on how to act as long as their behavior portrays that of a goddess.
Diane is part of Metamorphosis: Titian, a larger project involving a variety of works based on the same three Titian paintings, running from July 11th until September 23rd. And, if this wasn't enough to fulfill one's love of Greek mythlogy and art -- or simply, just the love of nudity -- the three Titian paintings from which the exhibit is centered on wiil, literally, be in the center of the museum.