nude public art performance of wagner's 'the ring' opens munich opera festival
nude public art performance of wagner's 'the ring' opens munich opera festival nude public art performance of wagner's 'the ring' opens munich opera festival
jun 25, 2012

nude public art performance of wagner's 'the ring' opens munich opera festival

‘the ring’ by spencer tunick, 2012
image courtesy bayerische staatsoper



american installation artist and photographer spencer tunick has developed a nude live sculptural work captured for the start of munich, germany’s 2012 opera season. more than 135 years after opera festival bayerische staatsoper‘s inaugural season, tunick has gathered 1,700 individuals to celebrate this musical medium in their joining as a singular organic shape or landscape in the very public square. for ‘the ring’, which was commissioned by the bavarian state opera, was organized and photographed in max-joseph platz, munich as naked volunteers were painted in either red or gold and guided into formations recalling poignant scenes from richard wagner’s operettic masterpiece, ‘der ring des nibelungen’.

images courtesy bayerische staatsoper

images courtesy bayerische staatsoper

images courtesy bayerische staatsoper

images courtesy bayerische staatsoper

images © dapdvia merkur

images courtesy bayerische staatsoper

detailed perspectives picturing the rallying and directing of the crowd to lie down in formation around the square
images © dapd via merkur

the massive group of naked participants are guided by tunick’s team into seven alternating stripes in red and gold
images © dapd (right bottom © wilfried hösl) via merkur

images courtesy bayerische staatsoper

  • Formidável!…

    Vania Pinto says:
  • a teutonic Fantasy Fest

    dbkii says:
  • The images submitted must be the terror of the fashion market.
    Indeed, how much more the fashion industry progresses, the greater the phenomenas with exposure of naked bodies by all the world.
    Will we see ever more converge the fashion and nudity?

    Sergius says:
  • DesignBoom is becoming a pornsite 🙁

    Saif says:
  • Excellent work!…congrats

    LuisEfe80 says:
  • Wow… I took part and never imagined to find it here 😉 THX for the surprise!

    Himbeere says:
  • wonderful & unique experience in a boring morning

    reza says:
  • Saif, what planet are you from? Naked bodies have been a part of the creation of art since the beginning of time!!! This piece is expressive and inclusive– what is there to dislike?

    Betty says:
  • Do you want attention -> get naked.

    lol says:
  • I wonder how and where all these people get colored in red and gold. Great idea though

    Nadia says:
  • @ Nadia
    We got a small tin with color and had to put it on in the back of this building. We just used our hands to put the color on and for the back there were a lot of helping hands around 😉

    For not mixing up the colors we were assorted by the color we got…

    Himbeere says:
  • … Beautiful People!!!

    crows says:
  • … Human Cell)))

    crows says:
  • lame ‘art’. no impressive skill at work, marginal creativity, with a measure of ‘originality’ the only thing worth mentioning

    spelukative says:
  • Excellent concept……..

    Bilas kumar says:
  • Бля Ахуеть!…

    Avraam says:

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