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Six Feet Under

<P class=bodytext>Izima Kaoru (*1954, Japan)<EM>Kuroki Meisa wears Gucci, </EM>2006C-Print, Courtesy of Galerie Andreas Binder, M&uuml;nchenPhoto courtesy of Stiftung Deutsches Hygiene-Museum </P>

Izima Kaoru (*1954, Japan)
Kuroki Meisa wears Gucci, 2006
C-Print, Courtesy of Galerie Andreas Binder, München
Photo courtesy of Stiftung Deutsches Hygiene-Museum

Six Feet Under
DRESDEN  •  German Hygiene Museum  •  Ongoing
Inspired by the American cable television series on HBO, Six Feet Under, this exhibition was first shown in a slightly different format by the Berne Museum of Art. The show looks at how society deals with its dead and the human corpse. In most industrialized countries contact with the dead human body has been almost completely suppressed from our daily awareness and replaced by a new system of rituals and symbols which are meant to deal with the finite nature of our human existence.

Along with work from the 19th century, the main accent lies on contemporary art from countries of various continents such as Great Britain, France, Switzerland, Poland, Estonia, the USA, Mexico, India, Japan, Indonesia and Ghana. Important topics of the exhibition include skulls and skeletons (from Andy Warhol to Stefan Balkenhol), corpses and ways of dying (from Félix Vallotton to Andres Serrano), graves (from Albert Anker to Claes Oldenburg), the death of artists (from Keith Arnatt to Gianni Motti), death and lifestyle (from John Armleder to Rosemarie Trockel and Eberhard Havekost), public displays of respect and honour (from Ferdinand Hodler to A A Bronson) and life after death (from Adolf Wölfli to Ana Mendieta). 

German Hygiene Museum Web Site

Click here for a Culturekiosque review of HBO's Six Feet Under.

Contact: Stiftung Deutsches Hygiene-Museum
Lingnerplatz 1
01069 Dresden
Tel: (49) 0351 48 46-0

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