It is a rather particular challenge which was launched at the end of June by the Archaeological Museum of Yorkshire in the United Kingdom. It is a question of publishing the most beautiful, or the most original, photos of the buttocks of the statues of the establishment. From museums around the world - and Internet users - are getting started. 

The buttocks of museums are displayed on the internet. While museum attendance is declining around the world, they have embarked on a strange initiative: to present on social networks the most beautiful pairs of buttocks from their collections. Since then, many museums have made a selection from their works.

Château de Vitré, Quai Branly, Arts and crafts ...

At the end of June, the curator of an archaeological museum in Yorkshire, United Kingdom, launched the #BestMuseumBum (# LaPlusBellePaireDeFessesDeMusée) challenge. The latter posted on Twitter the photo of a statue from his museum, representing a Roman athlete from behind and naked. Immediately after the release of this marble butt, curators around the world followed suit, taking turns posting photos of buttocks from their museums.


Today's theme is #BestMuseumBum!

This cracking Roman marble statuette depicts an athlete at the peak of fitness! It may have decorated the town house of one of Eboracum's wealthier residents. Has someone taken a bite out of this?


- Yorkshire Museum (@YorkshireMuseum) June 26, 2020

Small, fat, slumped, banged up, drooping, "dimpled", muscular ... The qualifiers used by Pierre Perret in his song "Le Zizi" readily apply to pairs of museum buttocks, unveiled on Twitter and Instagram. In France, the Château de Vitré in Brittany, and the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Paris, took part in this challenge. This is also the case for the Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac museum, which posted on Twitter the "silicone molding of a tattooed male back" and its "motif inspired by the Japanese tradition of noh theater".

We have the #BestMuseumBum! # tattoo # tatooartist

Silicone molding of a tattooed male back.
Pattern inspired by the Japanese tradition of Noh theater.
Artist: Filip Leu (2018). @Quaibranly collections

© musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, photo Claude Germain

- musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac (@quaibranly) July 11, 2020

In April, the Yorkshire Archaeological Museum had already launched a first challenge. This consisted of sharing the most frightening objects present in the collections.