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Naked Spencer Tunick is modifying his art for Munich’s Ring

Bavarian State Opera have just announced that the naked flash mob it is preparing for Wagner’s Ring will not be in the altogether. The American artist Spencer Tunick has been persuaded to cover prudish Muncheners with body paint. Such a relief…. Details below.

“Paint the town red… For art”

2012 Munich Opera Festival: Spencer Tunick presents his installation “The Ring” in colour -

The American artist Spencer Tunick, famous for his installations comprising hundreds of naked bodies in public spaces, will be using body paint for the first time in an urban environment for his latest installation, “The Ring”. The participants in the installation, which was inspired by Andreas Kriegenburg‘s new production of the tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen, will position themselves in front of Tunick’s camera in either red or gold and create motifs from Wagner’s world drama with their bodies. Participants can register until 22 June at and will receive a limited edition photograph.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in art who is too shy to pose completely naked. I am convinced that the body paint will help many participants to be less embarrassed – after all, they will still be covered in a way”, says the New York artist.

“The Ring” will be taking place in several locations in Munich city centre (including Max-Joseph-Platz), offering hundreds of participants the opportunity to become part of an art work. The artist will be using specially formulated cosmetic body make-up, that is safe and easily removed with soap and water when the participants return home, although Tunick assumes most will want to leave it on.

Tunick is particularly fascinated by Munich as a setting: “I’m very interested in the history of the city, the close links with Richard Wagner’s work, but also the dark chapters of the city’s history and the building structures from the Nazi era. All this will certainly be a theme in my installation.”

Tunick’s commissioned work for the Bavarian State Opera was inspired by Richard Wagner’s magnum opus Der Ring des Nibelungen and the new production by director Andreas Kriegenburg, which culminates in the première of Götterdämmerung on 30 June. In both Kriegenburg’s interpretation and Tunick’s works, the focus is on powerful, poetic images of human bodies.

Anyone who is interested and prepared to pose naked for Tunick in a public space is invited to register on the Bavarian State Opera web (by 22 June, 10 p.m. at the latest).

All press representatives who are interested in a media report should complete the attached form and return it to the Bavarian State Opera press office ( or fax: +49 (0)89 – 2185 1023). Please note that capacities at the edges of the installations are limited and that the Bavarian State Opera reserves the right to make a selection.

Participation is open to people aged 18 and over. On the day of the installation, only participants will be allowed in the locations. 


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  2. Rosana Martins says:

    Do they really think it necessary? It seems to me such a waste of time, instead of concentrating in the music!

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