Wednesday, July 29, 2009
The Wellcome Collection has just opened a great exhibit of 19th Century medical waxworks entitled "Exquisite Bodies" - I think "exquisite" may be an example of my countrymen's famously ironic sense of humor, because while these are truly spectacular anatomical exhibits, the wax recreations of tertiary syphilis sores and diseased genitals made me run for the bathroom, hand over mouth. Anyway, for those made of sterner stuff, the exhibition is open through October 18. It is not recommended for those under 18 years of age, but if you are a parent who's thinking about whether or not to take your children, the Wellcome Collection has some general notes about their exhibits to help you make an informed decision, which you can read here. For those that can't make it to London, the Guardian has an on-line slideshow which you can visit here but again, be warned - it is not for the faint hearted.