Wednesday, April 30, 2008

now on exhibit: the Mona Lice-a

What do Mona Lisa, Starry Night, and head lice have in common? They all are considered works of art.

This week, seven artists from Berlin are appearing in a special exhibit at an Israeli art museum. Their art is alive. Literally.

The students have allowed their hair to be infested with lice and for the next three weeks they will be on display for anyone to see.

Think you didn't read that right? Let me summarize: a correct title for the art exhibit could be "Seven artists living with head lice."

And do you want to know what makes it even better? The artists wear plastic shower caps over their lice-infested hair.

The seven artists will eat, sleep, bathe and live in a room at the museum where they can be observed by others. Art enthusiasts from all over the world will be able to watch them walk around with plastic bonnets on their head and imagine what the lice underneath might look like.

The "art" has been interpreted as a reminder of Nazi propaganda. However, one of the "artists" said that interpretation was not the original intention.

The display is no fluke nor is it some sort of weird prank. Before establishing the display, the artists sent a proposal to the art museum administration. The exhibit was chosen over other proposals.

One of the seven artists said, "We are serious. The lice are part of the art."

dear sirs, my foot fungus is now available for display.