ARTS & CULTURE
06/25/2014 09:00 am ET

Art Basel Turns Away Nude Performance Artist (NSFW)

This piece originally appeared on artnet News.

By Benjamin Sutton

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Milo Moiré en route to Art Basel. Photo: Image: Georgios Kefalas/Keystone, via Le Matin.

Milo Moiré, a Swiss performance artist you may remember for creating a painting from paint-filled eggs she dropped out of her vagina outside Art Cologne, paid a visit to Art Basel in Basel on June 19. Or at least attempted to.

After having her skin painted with the names of the articles of clothing she wasn’t wearing (“pants” on her legs, “bra” on her chest, “jacket” on her arms), she took the bus to Messeplatz and attempted to buy entry to the fair, only to be told to go get dressed and return.

According to Le Matin, the performance artist acquiesced, pulled on a dress, and went on to explore the fair without incident. Not exactly a surprising or dramatic denouement, but certainly in keeping with Switzerland’s international reputation for neutrality.

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