An Exhibit People May Be Dying to Get Into?

Gregor Schneider's Toter MannGregor Schneider's Toter Mann

Gregor Schneider, a German artist, is planning the ultimate in art: a person dying as part of the exhibition.

“I want to display a person dying naturally in the piece or somebody who has just died,” he told The Art Newspaper. “My aim is to show the beauty of death.”

Dr Roswitha Franziska Vandieken has agreed to help the artist find volunteers that are willing to be a part of this project. Meaning, they are willing to die in public in the name of art.

The artist feels confident that people will be willing to take part in this. He wants to hold the exhibit in a museum in Germany, but if the museum declines then he will show the piece in a studio located in his hometown of Rheydt, Germany.

Schneider faking death in a past exhibitSchneider faking death in a past exhibit

Gregor Schneider has always been fascinated with the idea of showing death in a museum setting. In 2000 he faked death as part of an exhibition.

His newest art exhibition at La Maison Rouge is called süßer duft ("sweet smell") and consists of five silent rooms that a visitor walks through alone. The rooms are fairly plain - white, grey and metal walls. But the catch is that it's cold, pitch black, and there's no turning back. Each room is modified by tiny changes to get your imagination running and your heart racing.

süßer duftsüßer duft

To me, this would be like the ultimate haunted house. No teenagers dressed up as zombies or ghosts, no flashing lights, and most importantly, no chainsaw sounds.

Anyone out there willing to participate in this exhibit as a volunteer?


Sources: theartnewspaper and ivyparisnews

Diana Eid
Innovative Arts

Apr 17, 2008
by Anonymous


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Apr 18, 2008
by LoveInventions
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I don’t get it....

I really just don’t get “art”, why would someone pay to see that? What value does it bring?

Apr 18, 2008
by Diana Eid

My theory

Many people are fascinated and curious with death and dying, so I would think this would draw a large well as many protesters. 


Apr 19, 2008
by Anonymous

he sucks

i believe that he was the so called artist that that starved a dog to death for "art", i think he shud starve himself

Apr 20, 2008
by Anonymous

Different guy.

Different guy.

Apr 20, 2008
by Anonymous

This "Artist" is Absurd

Clearly, I understand why he would think this would be a great "Art Show"... but how could someone dying in the name of this guys art be anything other than disturbing and very sad? Sounds to me like this wierdo needs a new day job. His conception of art is clearly distorted. Go to a morgue or a convelescent home if death intrigues you so much. Do ruin art with it. Art is supposed to make you feel alive and different. Not DEAD.

Apr 20, 2008
by Anonymous

RE: I don't get it....

Realistcically... there are way too many odd people out there would would pay to see this. And those people would be the same people that slow down to stare at horrific car accidents on the freeway and cause a large, disgustingly amount of stopped traffic. Pathetic.

Apr 20, 2008
by Anonymous


This is almost as that other artist that starved a dog for art, and the artist from Yale I belive that recored herself having a natural abortion.

Death seems to be a art the museums are willing to have...

Apr 20, 2008
by Anonymous

Murder is clearly not a form of art.

End of story.

Apr 20, 2008
by Anonymous

Since the day we are born,

Since the day we are born, we are all dying... so, What's the point of this?!?

Apr 20, 2008
by Anonymous

Okay...if someone wants to

Okay...if someone wants to see what a dead person looks like, why not just look it up on the internet or something? Does it really needs to come to this?? What's so special about death anyway that people want to see? Suffering? Grieving? If you haven't seen death or a person dying yet, trust me, you will eventually. There's no need to go to a museum and pay to see it. I hate all these bullshi* stuff people are trying to do and call it "art". It's just showing they have a lack of talent to create any real art and just wanna do something to shock people and get publicity for it.

Apr 21, 2008
by Anonymous

what is wrong with you

First you starve a dog to death and call it art and now this. Why dont you starve yourself you sick bastard!

Apr 21, 2008
by Anonymous


I'd volunteer.

Apr 21, 2008
by Mariella Moon
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When people want to do crazy

When people want to do crazy stuff, they label it as art and get away with it. We already see death around us all the time, there's no reason for people to pay to see it. Unfortunately, there are those who will pay, and those who will laud this guy as a great artist. And yes, there will definitely be some people who'll volunteer, because that's just the way the world works. Apparently, "shock value" has become a large part of art these days (i.e., Abortion girl from Yale), that it makes me feel that inciting intrigue has become more important than the work itself.

Apr 24, 2008
by Anonymous


since when has the sole purpose of art to make you feel alive and different?
what about pieces of art that are made to make you feel sad, terrified? deluded?
art can be any expression of any emotion.
it doesnt even have to be emotion!
i think this artist has a brilliant ideea and i wish him the best of luck

Apr 30, 2008
by Anonymous

Having recently watched my

Having recently watched my mother slowly die from cancer, I can honestly say there was nothing beautiful about it. Horrific would be the words I would use.

As I have noted in another comment under the 'Abortion' Art thread, how many serial killers think this same way?

Makes you wonder about many so called 'artists' around these days.