The mysteries of anatomy are finally being revealed in Geneva thanks to the spectacular exhibition, Body Worlds: the Cycle of Life, until January 7, 2018.
Here’s how to get a visual idea of the evolution of our bodies, from birth to death, thanks to 200 human specimens, unclothed and put to work (so to speak). Even though the exhibitions are based on an established cadaver-donation programme through which the donors had expressly requested that their bodies be used in a public exhibition after their passing, they create controversies everywhere they go and are even banned in certain countries. Highly controversial for ethical reasons, particularly during artistic exhibitions, the method of plastination, developed in 1977 in Germany by the anatomist and creator of the exhibition, Gunther von Hagens, allows for long-term preservation of the body and flexibility in handling and examining it. This technique preserves biological tissue by replacing organic fluids with silicone, which is a complex task requiring 1,500 hours of work. Even if the primary goal is health education, attendance is not recommended for children under the age of 12. The first Body Worlds exhibition took place in 1995 in Japan and traveled the whole world since, under different themes. After New York, Berlin and Basel, the educational exhibition is stopping over at Palexpo, in order to elicit reflection about the circle of life and the transformations that the body undergoes over time. The visitor gains awareness of the complexity of his or her own body, of its fragility and longevity, by seeing what lies beneath the skin. Capillary vessels such as the nervous system can be contemplated. The effects of known diseases and addictions such as smoking or alcoholism can be better understood.
Palexpo, Halle 7
Route François-Peyrot 30, 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex
Price: CHF 25 (full price)