Saturday, December 27, 2014

Museum Labyrinth of the Sciences and the Arts

One of the newest museums in the city of San Luis Potosí city in México is Laberinto de las Ciencias y las Artes, Labyrinth of the Sciences and the Arts. I've heard it was a interactive museum for children. So it wasn't a major attraction for adults, but there's a game changer exhibition advertised all over the city. The temporary exhibition is called Body Worlds Vital. Real human bodies were plastinated using a technique created by a German doctor, his name is Gunther von Hagens. So I went to check it out yesterday. I asked permission to sketch, since photos and videos weren´t allowed just for that exhibition. I had to write a letter to the director of the museum to request permission. So I did, what could I loose? I returned today to deliver the letter and they granted me permission minutes later. Wow, lucky me! 

This is the side entrance of the museum near the parking lot. The facilities are great, worthy of first quality exhibitions like this one. This temporary exhibition was supposed to be over at the end of December, but it´s been so succesful that the museum is thinking in extending it for another month.

The quality of the pieces is very good. You can see muscles, tendons, nerves and little ligaments even veins. Two or three pieces are just jaw dropping, so complex to draw, so I sticked to those pieces that my limited talent could manage. 

Here it is the Diver, the body of a woman separated in half. The front half, where the face is, has what it looks like the hands, but in reality its oly the ligaments! The back half, where the brain is, has what it looks like like the hands, but it´s only the bones and nails, and at the center, it shows the organs. These pieces are not only educational but art as well! Who ever chose that pose has an artistic mind. I could describe the technique but I don't want to get into trouble or pay a fine.

If this exhibition comes to your city, go, you won't regret it. I thank to the Director of the Museum María González Flores for allowing me to sketch part of such an interesting collection.

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