The masterpieces of Vienna’s museums have ended up on an online site for adults. It is the decision of the tourism body of the Austrian capital to escape the censorship of Instagram or TikTok that could forbid the putting on the network of obscene considerations. Censorship is decrypted by algorithms that do not distinguish between pornography and art, but it is hypocritical to accuse the computer, a machine, however programmed by the censors of the network. The works of art that tourists, perhaps accompanied by underage children, can visit without problems in museums, from now on …
They ended up on a online site for adults I masterpieces of the Vienna museums. It is the decision of the tourism board of the Austrian capital to escape the censorship of Instagram, Facebook or TikTok than to deny to prohibit the networking of obscene consideration paintings. The censorship is decrated by the algorithms which are not distinguished between pornography and art, but it is hypocritical to accuse the computer, a machine, however programmed by the censors of the network.
The works of art that tourists, perhaps accompanied by minor children, can visit without problems in museums, can now only be seen online on the Solo Fan site, unfortunately for a fee, reserved for adults. “It is not our defeat,” says Helena Harthauer, the head of the tourism board, but she denounces the obtuseness and lack of culture of the censors. The first to register on the site will receive a City Card, the free card to visit Vienna, and its collections.
the network Tic knock in July he first suspended and then blocked the Albertina, because he had posted a photo of a naked breasts work of the Japanese artist Nobuyoshi Araki, judged to be pure pornography. In 2019, Instagram had censored a nude of Paul Rubens. The Leopold Museum had to renounce putting a series of expressionist masterpieces online Egon Schiele. And always the Leopoldo a video made on the painting Liebespaar, couple of lovers, by Koleman Moser, was condemned as pornographic.
The Albertina was unable to advertise the recent one exhibition on Modigliani because the paintings were deemed obscene. “We found it impossible to promote the attractions of our city – scorns Frau Helena Harthauer -, tourists do not come to Vienna to go only to the Prater, our attractions are the collections of art collections. How can we advertise? “It is hoped that the Austrian reaction will induce the managers of the network to change their methods, but in Vienna we are not optimistic. Censorship on the net it’s just one aspect. Pressures continue not only on Austrian museums, to remove obscene considerations from the paintings. In Berlin they asked the Gemälde Galerie secretly in the warehouses “Omnia vincit amor”, or the “Earthly Love” painted by Caravaggio in 1602: a naked and triumphant young man. The artist portrayed his apprentice Cecco Boneri, who in turn became a talented painter, known as Cecco del Caravaggio. Boneri was the lover of his teacher, the protesters denounced, e Caravaggio was a pedophile. The director of the Berlin museum answered hard-nosed: I don’t think about it at all. AND the masterpiece remained in place.
In Italy, the Pauline Bonaparte by Canova? In March 2008, however, in London, the posters advertising the Cranach exhibition, with the reproduction of his Eva, white and blonde, were removed from the underground. Would a painting from 1528 therefore upset the Londoners of the 21st century?
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