Indian artist Mr T. Venkanna has been forced to end his nude performance piece at Gallery Maskara, Singapore. Venkann's piece involved him sitting naked on a bench at Art Stage Singapore. He then invited visitors to have their photograph taken with him.
At first the performance attracted many art fans who took the opportunity to become part of the art by getting photographed with the naked artist. However on Friday morning Gallery Maskara's owner, Mr Abhay Maskara, pulled the performance. Venkann's bench is now empty.
It is thought that the gallery came under pressure to end the performance, despite its popularity, due to pressure from the press and threats of possible legal action.
A lawyer had said in the local press that the piece could be illegal as it is an offence to appear nude in public in Singapore. An art gallery is considered a public place and to continue with the performance could have seen the artist and gallery owner in court.
It is not known if the performance will be reinstated but for now all that is on show is the bench itself which some visitors are still photographing even though it is now empty.