Dr Gunther von Hagens, inventor of the plastination technique, and Angelina Whalley, creative and conceptual designer, are presenting the world’s most ambitious anatomy exhibition which is running until the 17 Aprilth at the IFEMA exhibition hall.
It is an exhibition that will unite the anatomy and the latest discoveries related to health and well-being. Entertaining and educational, it is an immersion in the human body and its relationship with the way of life today, in this 21st century that poses so many challenges to us as a species. On this occasion, it deals with preventive medicine, self-care and health education.
The exhibition space occupies 1,400 m2 which will host more than 200 plastinated specimens by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, with twenty full human bodies, diverse body configurations, vital organs and translucent slices, as well as interactive elements, 3D displays and other multimedia.
Six rooms that represent the six main systems of the body: the nervous system, the locomotor system, the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system, the digestive system and the reproductive system, which serve to learn about the human anatomy, physiology and health through an exhibition that focuses particularly on our bodies and on the way of modern life. It also addresses the worldwide overweight and obesity epidemic (digestive system), the surge in sexually transmitted diseases (reproductive system) and the importance of physical activity and ergonomics for skeletal and muscular well-being (locomotor system), among other questions of utmost educational interest.
The iconic full-bodied plastinations serve to explain different organic functions or vital situations in detail. Gunther von Hagens invented this technique in 1977 and it is a biological material preservation procedure that consists of extracting body fluids and replacing them with a combination of elastic and thermoset resins. This technique stops the decomposition of bodies and produces solid and perdurable anatomical specimens, intended for the teaching of the anatomy, medical training, research and scientific dissemination, as well as exhibition in museums.