We love a good social media battle. We especially love when museums get involved. You see, contrary to the silliness that goes down when fast-food restaurants duel on Twitter, there’s a lovely nerdiness to museum banter. And it’s typically rooted in the displays and art the museums showcase. Meaning, not only do we get to witness the unfolding of a petty argument, but we also get an art history lesson.
William Etty / Katsushika Hokusai
That’s certainly the case in the latest museum Twitter showdown. And what’s the topic, you ask? Butts, of course! As we learned from Bored Panda, the Yorkshire Museum in the U.K. challenged their fellow museums to a #CuratorChallenge for #BestMuseumBum. They kicked the challenge off with their own most exquisite derriere, as seen in a marble statue from Rome.
IT’S TIME FOR #CURATORBATTLE!💥— Yorkshire Museum (@YorkshireMuseum) June 26, 2020
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 🍑?
BEAT THAT!💥 pic.twitter.com/N3A6KYz339
Museums from all over rose up to the challenge. As you’ll soon learn, there are a ton of butts in museums all over the globe. Just a lot of bums in art in general.
The Ota Memorial Museum of Art shared this lovely bum, as seen in a painting by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai.
— 太田記念美術館 Ota Memorial Museum of Art (@ukiyoeota) June 26, 2020
The Andy Warhol Museum offered their contribution.
We think this is the #BestMuseumBum! Andy Warhol, "Torso (Male Buttocks)", 1977, © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. #CuratorBattle @YorkshireMuseum #AndyWarhol #warhol #art pic.twitter.com/lg3X9vnZlh— The Andy Warhol Museum (@TheWarholMuseum) June 30, 2020
Some of the butt art is just downright weird.
We raise your athlete and instead give you the bum of a drunken fish. Yes you heard me.
Made by Pamela Mei Yee Leung, it was part of a body of work which married animals and humans together to create mythological creatures with personalities. #BestMuseumBum #CuratorBattle pic.twitter.com/qUAa3NgGcG
— York Art Gallery (@YorkArtGallery) June 26, 2020
Some very beautiful in a relatable way.
We like to think he’s just been to the freezer and realised he ate the last Cornetto last night. And that he can’t get the drawer back in and that the whole freezer needs defrosting ☀️ pic.twitter.com/7pJ9gfTVdN
— Scarborough Museums (@SMTrust) June 26, 2020
In honour of our new most popular tweet here are some of our other #BestMuseumBum(s) that were on our shortlist. 🍑 (a thread)— Aberdeen Uni Museums and Special Collections (@uoacollections) June 29, 2020
This cracker is from the #AberdeenBestiary, who doesn't love a weaponised bum? (MS 24 f12r) 🐂💩 pic.twitter.com/bmjCprvMWt
And we’re always happy to learn more of the owners of the butts.
#BestMuseumBum #CuratorBattle @YorkshireMuseum— M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art (@CiurlionisMus) July 1, 2020
Throughout her life, Meila Kairiūkštytė-Balkus was interested in the topic of femininity, which is reflected in her work "Elena I". Her sculptures are naturalistic, seeking to convey real rather than idealized forms of a woman. pic.twitter.com/QJfmB9gg9z
It’s not just classic paintings and statues getting in on the fun. This coffee pot also joined the #BestBumChallenge.
Museums all over the world are competing over which museum has the #BestMuseumBum in its collection. Undoubtedly we have the best designer butt! #PhilipsbyAlessi #AlessandroMendini #coffeemaker #CuratorBattle pic.twitter.com/zSX60B4I0e— Design Museum Gent (@DesignMuseumBE) July 8, 2020
As did these bees from the Grant Museum of Zoology.
In honour of #NIW2020 we submit the Bumblebee (Bombus sp.) for this weeks #CURATORBATTLE #bestmuseumbum though floofiest (technical term) bum must surely go to the Bee Hawkmoth (Hemaris tityus) #EntoAtHome #insects #minibeasts pic.twitter.com/zRNj2NBkNz
— Grant Museum of Zoology (@GrantMuseum) June 26, 2020
We really recommend heading over to the hashtag for even more butt brilliance. Thank you to the museums for providing us such hilarious, nerdy content.
Featured Image: William Etty / Katsushika Hokusai