Baldessari’s Human Cadaver Piece Gets Closer to Fruition

April 17th, 2013

Over the past two years, curator Hans Ulrich Obrist has sought to bring a controversial piece by artist John Baldessari to realization, which would require exhibiting a human cadaver in a gallery space, viewed through a small peep-hole.  The work has been attempted several times, but has faced staunch legal opposition and considerations over the will of deceased body being included in the final product.  Says Obrist: “It’s not excluded that one day it will happen. You need the consent of the person obviously before they die. At the same time you need the consent of the family as well as legal authorization.”

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