Some of Austria’s museums, including the Albertina Museum and the Leopold Museum, have recently been presented with problems when posting their artwork to social accounts — resulting in the censorship of some art pieces that include nudity.
In July, the Albertina Museum’s TikTok account was suspended — and later blocked — for displaying works by the Japanese artist and photographer Nobuyoshi Araki that showed a partially-obscured breast.
Now, these works and more of Vienna’s “18+ content” can be found on full, unfiltered display on OnlyFans — a subscription-based website best known as a platform for sharing and viewing pornographic content.
The capital’s tourism board said that Vienna is home to “some of the world’s most famous artists […] whose works pushed the boundaries of what was considered acceptable in art and society at the time […] so it hardly comes as any surprise to learn that some of their artworks fell foul of the censors over 100 years ago.
“And the battle against censorship still rages on: with the rise of social media, bans like these are back in headlines once again. Major social media channels like Instagram and Facebook have nudity and ‘lewd’ content firmly in their sights.”
The tourism board also said “Vienna and its art institutions are among the casualties of this new wave of prudishness,” and stated that’s why they decided to put “the capital’s world-famous ‘explicit’ artworks on OnlyFans.”
Vienna’s tourism board also referred to the uncensored nature of OnlyFans and said that the platform “shook up social media by giving creators a platform where they could freely share nude and pornographic content with subscribers.”
Any subscribers to the account will receive either a free Vienna city card or a free ticket to any of the featured museums where the city’s tourism board has said “uncensored works of art in question can be seen in the flesh.”