About exhibition

The Cycle of Life exhibition which is open in Łódź until 2nd of July 2017, comes from the renowned BODY WORLDS collection, the most visited exhibitions in the world and experienced by more than 43 million visitors across four continents.

BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life is expected to attract a large and diverse local and regional audience including families, students, health-minded individuals, healthcare advocates and professionals, and anyone interested in learning what makes us human.

The Cycle of Life is a new, groundbreaking anatomical presentation by BODY WORLDS that focuses on the human life cycle. It presents the body as it grows, changes, matures and wanes. Every stage of development is documented, from conception thru optimal adult health and athleticism to eventual decline. The exhibition delivers a breathtaking encounter with the inner workings of the human body and shows the effects of poor health, good health, and lifestyle choices. In addition to showcasing the wonders of human development, the 100+ preserved human specimens – including whole-body plastinates – demonstrate the complexity, resilience and vulnerability of the human body in distress, disease and optimal health.

All specimens presented are preserved through Plastination, an advanced scientific technique invented by pioneering anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens which allows specimens to be preserved indefinitely for educational purposes in teaching institutions as well as exhibitions.

In the exhibition, designed by BODY WORLDS’ creative and conceptual designer, Dr. Angelina Whalley, visitors will follow the human body through the span of time and learn about the latest findings in anatomy, longevity and health.


Within the exhibition, topics include:

– “The Artists’ Gaze”, an exploration of the sight and visions of artists Claude Monet and Edgar Degas, who suffered from cataracts and retinal eye disease.

– “Centennial Village”, a feature on the findings on geographic clusters around the world where the longest living people reside—from Okinawa, Japan and Ovodda in Sardinia to the Hunza region of Pakistan.

– “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius”, a stunning look at conception and prenatal development. This area features a multimedia display on cell division and a remarkable collection of plastinated fetuses acquired from historical anatomical collections.

– “Under Pressure” (blood pressure and hypertension)

– “The Mathematics of Life” (heartbeats)

– “You Are What You Eat” (diet)

– And much, much more