THE STORY OF THE HUMAN BODY TOLD IN MILAN

Real Bodies exhibition in Milan
Human heart with blood vessels
Human heart with blood vessels

Or, as the organizers like to put it: “a new, never-seen-before exhibition” entitled “Real Bodies”, especially designed for its worldwide premiere in Milan, available until March 19th, 2017. On display, you are promised to find over 350 organs (some affected by chronic diseases or by the aging process) and entire human bodies (such as the athletes’ gallery immortalizing 12 postures characteristic to sports such as football, basketball, dance and fencing).

Dynamic depiction of blood in circulation
Dynamic depiction of blood in circulation

Well, to be truly honest, the idea is not that new, since the first who came up with this controversial plan of showcasing real body parts and bodies was Gunther von Hagens – the (in)famous inventor of the process of plastination, whose 1995 display became a world phenomenon and attracted more than 37 million visitors (!!!). Which makes the Milan event only the newest – and biggest so far – approach to the fascinating universe encapsulated by the human body, with its strengths, its weaknesses, and its wonderful peculiarities.

Conceptual illustration of generic human cells
Conceptual illustration of generic human cells

If you are not creeped out yet, give the exhibition a try during the holidays, it might drive you to quit smoking, live a healthier live, get off the couch and practice some sports, or to just be nice(er), for the love of Santa!

N.B. You might also want to leave the kids & the faint-hearted beloved ones at home if you think this is the nightmarish stuff even Tim Burton fans couldn’t stomach. Also, take very comfortable shoes, the visiting is supposed to last around 3 hours, and the area to cover by foot is around 2.000 sq m. 

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WHERE: Via Privata Giovanni Ventura 15, Milan, Lambrate area

WHEN: PROLONGED UNTIL MARCH 19TH; from Monday to Friday open from 10 am to 7 pm, Saturday and Sunday open from 10 am to 8 pm (last entrance one hour before closing time)

HOW MUCH: full fee € 18, reduced fee €15 for children from 6 to 12 years of age, for the over 65, students (from the elementary to university level), disabled visitors and one accompanying person, free admission for children under 5 years old; audio-guide rental  €4

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