The Human Body Exhibition is definitely one of the most interesting temporary exhibitions now on in Bucharest. It is open until June 30th, Tuesdays through Sundays, and tickets can be purchased online (eventim.ro) or at the entrance of the Grigore Antipa Museum of Natural History, where the exhibition is currently on display.
The Human Body Exhibition boasts over 200 items, from real bodies in their entirety to various internal organs. Knowing that the bodies and organs were once parts of real human beings makes this exhibition breathtaking. It’s as if you are seeing your image reflected in a magical mirror which has the power to flay your skin off until there’s nothing left.
The exhibition is more than a presentation of human anatomy, though. It is a journey into the complexity and elegance of our own bodies, and even a warning sign for those of us who don’t treat our bodies as well as we should.
As for “plastination,” the technique used to preserve the bodies, it is a process developed by Dr. Gunther von Hagens in 1977. The body’s liquids and fats are replaced by different types of plastic, thus preserving the body and keeping its details. The eyes are the only features that cannot be preserved by plastination, and so those in the exhibition are made of glass.
Should you be interested in anatomy, your health, or even in a peculiar form of art, then this is the place to be. It is an exhibition which represents the democratization of the body, so that not only medical professionals but also simple laymen can understand the complexity and the beauty of this machine known as the human body.
And of course, Frank Sinatra’s “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” would be the perfect music to listen to while admiring this extraordinary exhibition . . .!About the author: Daniel Gheorghita is an experienced Romanian licensed tour guide living in Bucharest and manager of Covinnus Travel. He is very passionate about photography, hiking and biking. His motto is "Life must be fun". That's why his hobbies are part of the daily work.