More than 1,000 naked men and women have taken part in a Spencer Tunick exhibition to mark the start of the 2012 Munich Opera Festival.

Painted red and gold, the nude masses recreated scenes from Richard Wagner’s opera Der Ring des Nibelungen, as commissioned by the Bavarian State Opera.

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Red and gold: 1,000 men and women recreated scenes from Richard Wagner’s opera Der Ring des Nibelungen

Tunick is known for nude installations, including a controversial shoot of 1,000 naked Israelis on the banks of the Dead Sea and 5,200 people on the steps of Sydney’s Opera House.

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  • More than 1,000 nude Israelis pose for American art photographer Spencer Tunick's first Middle East mass shoot on September 17, 2011 at the shores of the Dead Sea, Israel. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

  • More than 1,000 nude Israelis pose for US art photographer Spencer Tunick's first Middle East mass shoot on September 17, 2011 on the shores of the Dead Sea.

  • More than 1,000 floating nude Israelis pose for US art photographer Spencer Tunick's first Middle East mass shoot on September 17, 2011 in the Dead Sea. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

  • More than 1,000 floating nude Israelis pose for US art photographer Spencer Tunick's first Middle East mass shoot on September 17, 2011 in the Dead Sea. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

  • More than 1,000 nude Israelis pose for US art photographer Spencer Tunick's first Middle East mass shoot on September 17, 2011 on the shores of the Dead Sea. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

  • More than 1,000 floating nude Israelis pose for US art photographer Spencer Tunick's first Middle East mass shoot on September 17, 2011 in the Dead Sea. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

  • More than 1,000 nude Israelis pose for US art photographer Spencer Tunick's first Middle East mass shoot on September 17, 2011 on the shores of the Dead Sea. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

  • More than 1,000 nude Israelis pose for US art photographer Spencer Tunick's first Middle East mass shoot on September 17, 2011 on the shores of the Dead Sea (Jack Guez /AFP/Getty Images)

  • US photographer Spencer Tunick gives his instructions to more than 1,000 nude Israelis during his first Middle East mass shoot on September 17, 2011 on the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on earth which experts warn it could dry out by 2050 unless urgent steps are taken to halt its demise. For Tunick, a Jewish American who has arranged naked human bodies over prominent landscapes and landmarks ranging from a Swiss glacier to the Sydney Opera House, a nude installation is an indicator of a host country's openness. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)