GENEVA (AP) – A Geneva art museum says Facebook prohibited it from promoting an upcoming exhibit with images of two statues – a half naked Venus and a nude, kneeling man.
The Museum of Art and History took to Twitter to say it had wanted to post pictures of the statues on Facebook to promote the “Caesar and the Rhone” exhibit that opens Friday, but the social media platform “prevented us from it, because of their nudity.”
The museum instead the images on Twitter on Friday with the French word for "censored" over the statues' presumably private parts, adding: "Maybe it's time that this platform changes its policy for museums and cultural institutions?"
Facebook didn't The museum's 3½ -month exhibit works together from the Louvre Museum in Paris, an antiquities museum in Arles, France, and other institutions to convey Caesar's in The Marble Statue of "Venus of Arles" was made in the first century and depicts the goddess posed with one arm outstretched and a robe draped around her waist.
. The first-century B.C. bronze of a bearded captive shows with his hands seemingly bound behind his back, symbolizing Rome's triumph over Gallic tribes.
Museum of Art and History spokeswoman Sylvie Treglia-Detraz said a first attempt to post the images drew in Facebook response: " We don't allow that depict nudity, even if it's not sexual in nature. This issue includes nudity for artistic or educational purposes. ”
The issue strikes at the differing attitudes about nudity in Europe, where topless and even nude beaches and parks aren't unusual, and in the United States, where government officials have been known to cover up topless statues.