Gunther von Hagens knows how to shock, entertain, educate, and make a grosz or two in the process.
The German is the inventor of the plastination process, by which dead organic tissue can be preserved. He also discovered that people – curious beings that they are – will pay to see the insides of other dead people; and so his money-spinning exhibition ‘Body Worlds’ was born.
It was banned in Israel, earned him an accusation of using the bodies of prisoners and psychiatric patients in Kyrgyzstan, and led to countless other court cases in Germany and elsewhere, as well as public protests in France. In the UK, he performed the first public autopsy for more than 100 years, in 2002 – but the London theatre in which he performed it sold out despite warnings that he may be in breach of UK law.
Now an exhibition inspired by von Hagens, featuring Chinese cadavers, has come to Poland, opening in Kraków on March 12, at Fabryka, ul. Zabłocie 23.
If you’re not squeamish, drop by, and REALLY get to know yourself…
Picture: Gunther von Hagens with one of his creations
This story was updated on March 12 2013.
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