News of: Wednesday, January 15 2014,
After two temporary exhibtions in Amsterdam, the Body Worlds exhibition has now settled in Amsterdam permanently.
Close to the Central Station, on Damrak, the exhibition that became world-famous with its dissected human bodies has found a permanent location.
Today was the press event, and tomorrow (January 16) the exhibition will be open for the public at large.
The exhibition occupies a 6 floor building (the former American Express office). It highlights several themes about the human body, its reproduction and medical problems. The grand theme of the exhibition is happiness - hence the full title 'Body Worlds, the Happiness Project'.
Themes such as stress, food, reproduction and sex are touched (in the basement is a copulating couple), and illustrated with several dissected human bodies - or parts thereof. Medical issues are also shown (the lungs that are black from smoking are a classic).
The bodies are conserved with the 'plastination' technique, invented by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, who was also present at the presentation. The bodies are from (voluntary) donors - the list of future donors is already 17,000 people long, and closed for the time being.
A representative of Museum Vrolik (the anatomy museum of the University of Amsterdam) held a presentation on this museum, adding some 'couleur locale' to the event.
More information can be found on the Body Worlds website.
Man jumping fence (Body Worlds, the Happiness Project)
Lady on a swing (Body Worlds, the Happiness Project)
Man and woman having sex (Body Worlds, the Happiness Project)
Dr. Gunther von Hagens (Body Worlds - the Happiness Project)
Male reproductive organs (Body Worlds, the Happiness Project)
Saxophone player (Body Worlds - the Happiness Project)