Nude photo exhibition opens in Copenhagen

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Nude photo exhibition opens in Copenhagen
Mathilde Grafström's photographs are intended to show that there is nothing wrong with the female body. Photo: Mathilde Grafström

A controversial nude photo exhibition by the artist Mathilde Grafström finally opened on Copenhagen’s Nytorv square on Monday after months of wrangling with the local police.


The exhibition was previously banned by the police due to the piquant nature of the photos, and has been the cause of considerable debate about whether – and to what extent – nudity should be allowed in the public space.

The Female Beauty: Nude in the Public Space exhibition will run from July 25th to August 5th and features nude pictures of female amateur models in nature.

Grafström has repeatedly argued that the photos are not at all intended to be sexual, and that they are instead about combating women’s negative self-image of their bodies.

“It's important for me that my models understand that the pictures I want to make of her is not about how she looks physically, but about the life energy and beauty she contains,” Grafström writes on her website.

Grafström’s exhibition was attended by Danish Minister for Culture, Bertel Haarder, who gave the opening speech.

“I believe she has a point when she says that many people have a wrong or unresolved relationship with their body,” said the minister.

A number of women, including some of the models featured in the exhibition, showed up nude to the event in support of Grafstöm’s message.

One of them, Sine Simonsen, hoped that the exhibition would have a positive impact on women in particular.

“I hope that the next time they are at the beach and their bikini has gotten a little wet, they will feel fine just taking it off,” Simonsen told TV2.

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More details about the exhibition and the full gallery of pictures can be found on Grafström’s website.


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