The Unparalleled Success

Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS exhibits are the first public anatomical exhibitions of real human plastinates. They have been on display worldwide since 1995 and so far, 40 million visitors have viewed the exhibits at venues in more than 100 cities across America, Africa, Asia, and Europe.

The exceptional success of the exhibits is to a great extent due to its educational value. They are structured in such a way that visitors experience it much as they would a three-dimensional textbook: anatomy as the foundation of the body is laid out in an educational and elucidating fashion. Visitors learn about the body’s functions; they also realize how highly sophisticated and beautiful, and yet how fragile the body is.

Many plagiarists have sought to exploit the BODY WORLDS phenomena by appropriating the Plastination process invented and patented by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, and offering inferior imitations of BODY WORLDS. However, Dr. von Hagens believes that BODY WORLDS alone resonates with the public, "because it fills the longing for the authentic in a time of practically unlimited reproducibility."

"The Ring Gymnast, 2006", a whole-body-plastinate currently on display in BODY WORLDS exhibition.