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Wanna die for some guy's "art"?

Then this project, my friend, is for YOU:

The prizewinning artist Gregor Schneider, enfant terrible of the German cultural scene, is looking for a volunteer who is willing to die for his - that is, Mr Schneider's - art.

He wants someone whose dying hours will be spent in an art gallery with the public admiring the way the light plays on the flesh of a person gasping for the last breath.

Politicians and curators are in a state of uproar about Mr Schneider's plans. The 39-year-old artist has been concerned with death for much of his career. He gained critical acclaim for a sculpture, Hannelore Reuen, of a dead woman. He has been hatching his current idea since 1996, and now has a sympathetic pathologist and art collector to help to find a candidate who wants to become a work of art in the final days of his or her life.

"The dying person would determine everything in advance, he would be the absolute centre of attention," said Mr Schneider. "Everything will be done in consultation with the relatives, and the public will watch the death in an appropriately private atmosphere."

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The Schneider project, however, seems to have gone too far. It is being compared with watching executions in the United States. The influential gallery owner Beatrix Kalwa spoke for many German curators who rule out the idea of giving space to Mr Schneider's artistic endeavour. "Existential matters like death, birth or the act of reproduction do not belong in a museum," she said. "There is a fundamental difference between portraying these acts in an art form, and showing them in actuality."

The head of the German hospice foundation that provides care for the terminally ill, Eugen Brysch, said: "This is pure voyeurism and makes a mockery of those who are dying." But Mr Schneider, who feigned his own death as part of an exhibition in Germany in 2000, argues that death is already undignified and that his aim is to restore its grace.


This guy is a prize-winning artist? Here's an example of his "art":

Modern art is just so great, isn't it? You got people putting crucifixes in urine, covering the Virgin Mary with crap and vaginas, a naked chocolate and "anatomically correct" Jesus, starving dogs, attempting to abort themselves, and now letting someone die in a museum -- and it's all called "art".

Death is not something for people to put on display. Some things deserve respect, and a person dying is one of them.


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Comments (6)

Hell, if Herr Schneider rea... (Below threshold)
GarandFan Author Profile Page:

Hell, if Herr Schneider really wants to make an "art" statement, why doesn't he just commit suicide in front of an audience. Now that would be "performance art". Seeing as it's a one time gig, he ought to get top dollar. And just how much is a "last autograph" worth?

Modern art is just so gr... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Modern art is just so great, isn't it? You got people putting crucifixes in urine, covering the Virgin Mary with crap and vaginas, a naked chocolate and "anatomically correct" Jesus, starving dogs, attempting to abort themselves, and now letting someone die in a museum -- and it's all called "art".

Wow, you've combed through 20 years of art and come up with 6 things you don't like.

Time to regulate art!

Modern art is really little... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

Modern art is really little more than one large experiment in Emperor's Clothing.

"Time to regulate art"... (Below threshold)
GarandFan Author Profile Page:

"Time to regulate art"

No, but when the art critics rave about a pile of shit on a piece of canvas, someone should puncture their pretense and rub their faces in it and so show them it's just shit.

Art is a great sifting; fiv... (Below threshold)
sanssoucy:

Art is a great sifting; five hundred years later, Leonardo is still revered. This 'tard is gonna be lucky if anyone remembers him in his obituary.

Message: Ignore all these clowns. Everybody will.

Having somebody's death be ... (Below threshold)
pennywit:

Having somebody's death be the actual artwork is disturbing. A person consenting to have his last hours recorded as art -- I'm thinking as paintings, photographs, or similar -- could be educational, illuminating, and touching, depending on how the artist approaches it. But I would be far more impressed with an artist who is dying and chooses to use his work to express his feelings in his last days.

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