Visitors to art galleries expect to see all the paintings. But that wasn’t true recently for a Belgian art gallery. A video uploaded to YouTube on July 21 showed security guards stopping visitors from looking at nude paintings at the Rubens House Museum in Antwerp.
It turns out the video was a stunt by VisitFlanders, a tourism organization. The stunt was a protest against Facebook. The social media site had blocked advertisements for the museum by VisitFlanders. The ads showed paintings of female nudes by Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens.
Facebook blocks ads that show nudity.
In the video, two security guards lead visitors away from nude paintings. “It’s for your own protection,” they say. Most of the art lovers take the stunt in good spirits, but one woman protested by lifting up her shirt to show her bra.
VisitFlanders said it’s talking to Facebook about the ban. (Reuters)