Body Worlds

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  • Friday, February 2, 2018 - Sunday, May 6, 2018

An exhibition that celebrates the wonder, complexity and fragility of the human body, is held in Kraków until 6 May. A unique and compelling exhibition, Body Worlds brings together a collection of real human bodies, specimens and organs, willed by donors and preserved through plastination; a ground-breaking specimen preservation process invented by scientist Dr Gunther von Hagens.

Body Worlds shows how the body works when it is healthy and explores how best to fight life-threatening diseases. It allows visitors to explore human anatomy, physiology and health through a series of full body plastinates, individual organs and transparent body slices that give a complete picture of how the human body works.  Healthy and diseased organs are shown alongside each other allowing visitors to see how lifestyle choices may affect the body, such as how smoking affects the lungs.

Dr. Angelina Whalley, curator and designer of the Body Worldsexhibitions, said:  “I am struck by the synergy, symmetry and poetry of having the trailblazing science of plastination that unveils the keenly intelligent human body. Our mission is to engage visitors and ignite an interest in the life sciences.”

Highlights of the exhibition include a relay runner posed mid-handover to display the muscular system and a gymnast posed mid-air in a spread-eagle jump.

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