Gregor 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 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.
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