MOSCOW, May 24 (Joy Neumeyer, The Moscow News) – A man sits playing chess. Hunched over in concentration, he reaches to move one of his pieces. He could be any lover of the game – only his brain is exposed, as are all of his muscles.
The chess man is one of dozens of bodies on display in “Mysteries of the Body: The Universe Within,” now at Moscow’s Vetoshny Art Center. The macabre traveling exhibit displays human specimens preserved by “plastination,” a process that replaces body fluids with liquid plastic. It’s spurred human rights protests, bitter rivalries between scientists – and in Moscow, as in most previous locations, it’s a packed house.
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