Controversial Body Exhibition to Open in Budapest in February
Fanni Kaszás 2018.01.10.
Visitors can see 300 preserved bodies and 1000 other organs, muscles and body parts in the more than 2200 m2 exhibition space, which will make the BODY Exhibition the largest of its kind in Europe.
The bodies are preserved through a process called ‘plastination’, in which skin and fat is removed before the bodies are dissected, posed, injected with silicone and then hardened and color-coded. They show the human body in different poses and performing actions such as sport activities.
The exhibition will allow visitors to see a detailed view of the human body, deep under the skin from head to heels: the skeletal system, reproductive organs, respiratory organs, circulatory system, and numerous other parts of the human body.
In every gallery, medical students will guide visitors through the world of the human body, answer visitors’ questions, and help them understand the functions of organs.
There is also a special gallery within the exhibition dedicated to the evolution of the human fetus. As one of the most controversial and disturbing part of the exhibition, visitors may elect to skip this room.
The theme of the exhibition is Prevention: for example, a lung of a smoker or a cancerous liver will be shown; in addition, visitors will be able to learn CPR and other resuscitation methods while in the exhibition as well.
Currently, there are several body exhibitions in the world that use the same preservation method, with exhibitions in over a hundred cities and more than 40 million visitors worldwide. These exhibitions has been operating under a cloud of controversy after news reports began questioning how they obtained bodies from China.
In 2006, the New York Bodies: The Exhibition closed for a whole month, while last year a Chinese man filed a criminal complaint in Prague asking for help to find his missing brother, whom he believed to be one of the bodies on display.
In 2012, two similar exhibitions opened in Budapest at the same time, Bodies2 and The Human Body. The 2018 Body exhibition can be visited from 15 February until July 2018 in KOMPEX (26 Király Street, Budapest).