The Palais de Tokyo is situated in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, just a stone’s throw from Trocadéro and the Eiffel Tower.
The west wing of the building is home to one of the largest centres for contemporary art in the whole of Europe, spanning 22,000 m² in space and spreading across four floors, while the east wing houses the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.
Given how invested this museum is in contemporary aesthetics and in casting aside the shackles of tradition, it comes as little surprise to the art community that this specific venue will be the first to welcome nudists.
While more traditionalist museums in Paris, such as the Louvre, would be unlikely to welcome such antics, the Palais de Tokyo has always embraced a departure from tradition.
The only requirement for nudist visits is that guests leave their coat and the rest of their clothes in the cloakroom, ensuring that everybody is equal in their barest attire.
The nudist association’s selling point is that anyone interested can gain free entry to the museum on that day, providing they sign up with the association in advance.
The visit has been initiated by the Paris Naturists Association, who has been on somewhat of a roll recently.
The group’s members appear to be increasing in number, as only a few months ago, they inspired the Bois de Vincennes, located on the eastern edge of Paris, to put aside a temporary spot designated for nudists.
Paris also recently welcomed its first naked restaurant in the same 12th district, where up to 40 guests enjoy dining naked. This unusual restaurant, named O’naturel, is located on 9 Rue de Gravelle, only a short metro hop away.
But before naked museum visits, the association’s most recent success came in February when it inspired a wellness centre in Paris to become the first to welcome nudists to partake in a range of sports.
These sports, practiced in the nude, include yoga, water aerobics, swimming and gym sessions. What’s more, even swimming instructors demonstrate strokes in their simplest attire.
This latest idea for an art visit, therefore, broadens the scope of activities with the hope of broadening the appeal.
In total, there are more than 2.6 million people in France who make nudism a part of their lifestyle, according to the France 4 Naturism Association, and so the event is expected to be popular – given it’s the first of its kind.