Museums in Vienna Create OnlyFans to Display Nude Art Banned on Other Platforms

The Austrian capital's tourism board launched an OnlyFans account to allow for people to view artwork depicting nudity previously banned on social media.

Ludwig van Beethoven exhibition at the Kunsthistorisches Museum.

People visit an exhibition commemorating the 250th anniversary of the birth of composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, Austria.

Ludwig van Beethoven exhibition at the Kunsthistorisches Museum.

The tourism board for the Austrian capital of Vienna has launched an OnlyFans account to circumvent the issue of nudity that has plagued its presence on other social media platforms, CNN Style reports

Austrian museums, like Albertina Museum and the Leopold Museum, were recently reprimanded for posting artwork containing depictions of nudity on social media. According to The Guardian, a TikTok account for Albertina was temporarily suspended over a partially nude photograph by Nobuyoshi Araki. Leopold had a video celebrating its 20th anniversary, which included the Koloman Moser painting “Liebespaar,” blocked on Facebook and Instagram after being flagged as “potentially pornographic.” 

“These artworks are crucial and important to Vienna,” Helena Hartlauer, Vienna tourist board spokesperson, told The Guardian. “If they cannot be used on a communications tool as strong as social media, it’s unfair and frustrating. That’s why we thought (of OnlyFans) —  finally, a way to show these things.” 

For a limited time, Vienna’s 18+ content can be viewed for 31 days for only $3. Subscribers who sign up prior to Oct. 31 can also receive a free Vienna City Card or an admission ticket to one of the featured museums. 

In August, OnlyFans walked back plans for a policy change set for Oct. 1 that would have banned “sexually explicit conduct.” OnlyFans founder and CEO Tim Stokely cited ongoing issues with investors as the reason behind the platform’s decision to put an end to content that was sexual in nature. The company’s reverse course angered sex workers who financially benefited from the subscription service, and have since demanded an apology, as well as an increase in the payout percentage to rectify the issue.  

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