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body world arrives in sweden

Museum: "About life as much as about death"

Published fredag 27 april 2012 kl 18.00

The travelling exhibition Body World is set to arrive in Sweden, but the science museum playing host, Tom Tit in the town of Södertälje, is aware of criticism of the art work which shows human corpses in different positions.

"We've looked into the rumours that some bodies belong to executed Chinese people and found they come from copy cat exhibitions in Asia," says Björn Edlund, CEO of the science museum Tom Tit, to the news agency TT.

"This show only includes donated German bodies," he adds.

Christian groups have also reacted negatively to the show, which will be open to the public for 12 months.

"There have been religious congregations who didn't like this," notes Edlund.

He says his museum has spoken to local churches in Södertälje and none of them have raised any objections to the show.

The local branch of the socially conservative Christian Democrat party has also expressed its support.

"The exhibition has been criticised, but we've noted that it has a lot to do with health, for example showing the dangers of smoking," says local Christian Democrat politician Veronica Westergård.

"We hope it contributes to a dialogue about the value of life," she says.

Tom Tit CEO Björn Edlund agrees. "This is a unique chance to see how fragile our bodies are," he says.

"In that sense this show says more about life than about death, although of course people are fascinated by death."

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