Viennese Museums Open Pornography Account

October 21 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Art Newspaper has reported on the recent sensational news that Vienna's Museums have opened up an account with the pornography site OnlyFans. The initiative was supposedly set up after several artworks from the city's collections were being censored on social media platforms for their explicit materials. Subscribers to their account will receive admission to one of the city's featured museums.


I suppose this is a rather fun way for museums to point out the aesthetic incompetence of social media giants in being able to distinguish between art and genuine pornography.

Exactly what lines separate the two will always stir up debate. However, to my mind, art suggests the beauty of the human form in a way that we can admire it for its own sake from a position of disinterest. Pornography, on the other hand, is in some way a desecration of the human form were the realms of fantasy and gratification appear available to us. Maybe it's time the media executives of these social media sites took some lessons in art history (and maybe I should too, for that matter).

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