Body Worlds plans cadaver show dedicated to sex


SWITZERLAND/German anatomist Gunther von Hagens and his wife Angelina Whalley (L) pose in front of a plastinated human body during the media preview of the Koerperwelten (‘Body Worlds’) exhibition in Zurich September 10, 2009. The exhibition by von Hagens, famous for his Body Worlds shows of plastinated human bodies, runs from September 11 to February 28, 2010. Reuters

“We have discussed whether it is proper to show homosexuality and in what way. This is a very delicate subject.”

Reuters | Sep 11, 2009

By Jason Rhodes

ZURICH (Reuters) – German anatomists plan a new show dedicated solely to dead bodies having sex as part of the Body Worlds exhibitions.

Gunther von Hagens and his wife Angelina Whalley show corpses prepared using a technique invented by von Hagens called “plastination,” that removes water from specimens and preserves them with silicon rubber or epoxy resin.

“It’s not my intention to show certain sexual poses. My goal is really to show the anatomy and the function,” Body Worlds creative director Whalley told Reuters in an interview, adding the sex exhibition may open next year.

Body Worlds exhibitions, visited by 27 million people across the world, have been criticized for presenting entire corpses, stripped of skin to reveal the muscles and organs underneath, in lifelike and often theatrical positions.

Von Hagens has already triggered uproar with a new exhibit which shows just two copulating corpses.

German politicians called the current “Cycle of Life” show charting conception to old age “revolting” and “unacceptable” when it showed in Berlin earlier this year because it included copulating cadavers.

The way a plastinate is exhibited can vary from country to country to reflect local sensibilities. A vote of local employees decided that one of the copulating female cadavers should wear fewer clothes in Zurich than was the case in Berlin.

“Switzerland is the first country that already said from the outset that we could show whatever we wanted,” said von Hagens.

“Zurich is ready … but it’s maybe not so easy in every other town,” he said. “We have discussed whether it is proper to show homosexuality and in what way. This is a very delicate subject.”

Von Hagens and Whalley said they both intended to donate their bodies for plastination, but would not leave instructions about how to display them, dismissing this as vanity.

“I find it a great opportunity to give something to others by donating my body, namely self-awareness,” said Whalley.

Von Hagens said he and some other body donors even saw plastination as an alternative to burial or cremation, giving them more certainty about would happen to their bodies after death.

“Cremation for me is hell,” he said.

4 responses to “Body Worlds plans cadaver show dedicated to sex

  1. They ever resolve where the the raw material bodies from his China “factory” came from?

    I know artists in the 1600s did etchings of similar stuff–but–I’m really not into this guy’s “art.”

  2. Wil,

    I do know there was a big scandal that erupted when it was revealed that he got a lot of his bodies from China where at least some of the victims were executed political dissidents. In any case, the guy is a psychopath and he is being pushed by the elite for cultural revolution. I mean what next, plasticized dead babies having sex with animals? I don’t want to give him any ideas, so enough.

  3. He just seems to glamorize revulsion.

    I mean Rembrandt did dissection etchings, but those were like recording a scene–taking a snapshot. And wasn’t charging tickets for traveling shows. And–they were just drawings, not using corpses for art projects.

    And, I know “Christians” who go to these. But it’s the same one who kept comparing me to a rotten house, telling me I was a “project,” but–she “wasn’t going to get into it.”

    Even though she kept repeating that and similar comments endlessly until I separated myself from the situation.

  4. Well, this is just to me a desecration of remains for largely entertainment and money-making purposes as I am sure many sick necrophiliacs go for the thrill of it. It is using human body parts as a medium for art and many of the postures and poses are just flippant like the basketball player or worse, mixing death and sex in some kind of mind-warping agenda.

    It is like many things that go on these days that would never have been tolerated before. Bit by bit we are conditioned into this kind of death cult. To me, a deliberate operation on the human psyche. Unfortunately, it seems most people are already so far gone that they can’t discern right from wrong anymore.

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