The sight of nudes in the Palais de Tokyo is nothing unusual. And as you may have already heard, on 5 May 2018, from 9:30 am until noon, the entire museum will be filled with them. The institution has agreed to open itself up to nudists on that day, joining in a recent trend of Nudist-friendly events and establishments that has lately swept the city of Paris.
Just hours after announcing that naked day at the Palais would take place, thousands of naturalists signed up. No more reservations are being taken, so those who missed their chance will have to wait until next time. And whether there will be a next time does not seem to be in question. Approximately four per cent of the population of France identifies with the nudist lifestyle. Paris is dedicated to providing offerings for this growing segment of its populace. A section of the Bois de Vincennes park was recently even designated as an official nudist zone.
The irony of a nudist day at an art museum is that the whole point of going to such an institution is to gaze at things. Anyone who has ever gone to a clothing optional bar or a nude beach will tell you that the first rule of nudist society is “do not stare.”
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