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Body Worlds

After exhibiting at over 70 cities across the globe – seen by more than 35 million people – Body Works & The Cycle of Life premiered in Africa at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town in October. The exhibition, which is open throughout the festive season, shows the inner workings of the human body through anatomical studies of it in distress, disease and optimal health. The anatomical exhibition features more than 200 plastinates which is human tissue preserved through ‘plastination’, and was invented in 1977 by Dr. Gunther von Hagens. Designed for educational uses, the plastinates have become a visually representative tool for teaching visitors about the human body. Exhibition highlights include: a special presentation on the human life cycle and ageing; a display on sight and vision with computer simulations of the vision of Impressionist painters Claude Monet and Edgar Degas, who both suffered from eye disease; and various large animal plastinates. Visitors to the exhibition in Cape Town will also be among the first in the world to see the new HIV/AIDS display. Tickets are R140 per adult, R110 per senior (60+) and student (18+), R90 per child (6-17) or R400 per family (2 adults and 2 children). The exhibition runs until 31 January, 2013, at the V&A Waterfront Breakwater Boulevard. For more information and to book tickets, visit