Bodyworlds in Munich
I've seen several of the Bodyworlds exhibits over the years and they never fail to fascinate me. This one is called Bodyworlds – The Cycle of Life. There was a distinct air of reverence at this particular exhibit in Munich that very much like being in church. But as my friend Josef pointed out, it was really more like visiting a graveyard. And he was right. Despite the exhibit opening with an inspiring quote from poet Kahil Gibran (below), there was a very somber tone throughout the exhibition, with many of the placards focused on how our bodies change, decay and die as we age. I found myself focused less on the musculoskeletal and fascial anatomy but more on the organs on how my own organic function have changed over the last 50 years.
The overall effect was a deeply meditative walk through an anatomical labyrinth of my own mortality. While the last part of the exhibit had a very nice focus on healthy aging and staying vital as one ages, it did not, for me, change the almost funereal air. Perhaps this because Bodyworlds creator Gunther von Hagens health is not good these days. No doubt such thoughts are very much on his mind.
"Your body is the harp of your soul and it is yours to bring forth sweet music from it or confused sounds." – Kahil Gibran
Upon exiting the exhibit we were greeted by the spectacular architecture of Olympia Park, which made me think of Donald Ingber's experiments, and put me in a tensegrity state of mind.
Previous Connections coverage on Gunther von Hagens & Bodyworlds here.