Following its success in Lisbon, the ‘International Expo of Human Anatomy’, or ‘Real Bodies, Discover the Human Body’ debuts in Milan on 1 October. Real Bodies, the largest itinerant exhibition featuring 40 bodies and 350 organs (preserved thanks to a special technique known as plastination) will open its doors to the public. Extending over a surface area of 2,000 square metres, the exhibition will be hosted at the ‘Ventura XV’ space in the Lambrate neighbourhood. Featuring 12 sections, each dedicated to a part of the human body, the highlight of the Milanese exhibition will be the plastinated body of a hermaphrodite, the latest addition to the section on human reproduction. Another rare exhibit is the plastinated body of a 100-year-old man, the only one of its kind in the world, offering visitors a chance to gain insight on how body tissues change and deteriorate over time. The body, on exhibit for the first time ever, has been lent courtesy of an American university. An original specimen of immense anatomical and economic value, it took three years to make and involved an investment of approximately 450,000 euros. The exhibition serves as an educational tool for people of all ages and from all walks of life, including professionals, schools and families. Not only does it enable us to understand how the human body works but also teaches us an important lesson about healthy lifestyle choices, focusing, above all, on disease prevention and respect for its physiology.
By Stefania Vida
Open daily 10am-7pm
via Ventura 15
M2 (green line) Lambrate
www.realbodies.it (only in Italian)