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Bodies: The Exhibition - Earls Court

Bodies: The Exhibition

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING a number of enquiries, IndieLondon is now in a position to add more detail to its preview of Bodies: The Exhibition which has already been causing quite a stir.

Displayed over nine galleries, the exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to see the body built up from the skeleton outwards – with muscles and then nervous and circulatory systems added. In the final gallery, the body is divided into cross sections.

To do this, the exhibits consist of more than 20 preserved human corpses which have been dissected, posed (as sportsmen) and displayed – passing rugby balls, kicking, leaping and sprinting.

And apparently, it’s not as gruesome as it sounds as the preservation process – in which fluids and fats are replaced by odourless, non-toxic silicone polymers – makes the bodies look like painted plastic models.

There are also individual body organs (about 250), as well as a number of partial specimens, on display. And the emphasis is clearly on health. Visitors can compare a healthy lung with a tar-clogged lung of a smoker, and see for themselves, the effects of cholesterol build-up on sclerotic arteries.

However, an exhibition of this kind, is not without controversy. For example, Human Right’s Campaigners have questioned the source of the bodies which are thought to have come from China; while the anti-abortion charity Life ardently opposes the display of preserved foetuses.

Previously Posted: If you’ve ever wondered how your body works, now’s your chance to find out. From April 12, 2006, the Museum Hall, Earls Court is hosting an exhibition entitled Bodies: The Exhibition.

Through the sensitive displaying of actual whole-body specimens, as well as individual organs, the exhibition will demonstrate how your body works by exploring it from the inside out.

This is made possible by an innovative process of preserving real human bodies, which are then respectfully presented. The results are described as “both beautiful and stunning”.

Advance ticket prices: £15 adult; £10 under 16s, over 60s and students.

Timed tickets are in operation and advance booking is highly recommended.

For further information and booking visit the website.