German artist Gregor Schneider, known for his unsettling installations, is preparing a performance-art piece bound to create an uproar — a work in which a person will die as part of an exhibition — reports the Art Newspaper.
The artist says that a private clinic in Düsseldorf has agreed to help find volunteers who would be willing to take part in his project by dying in public.
“I want to display a person dying naturally in the piece or somebody who has just died,” he told the Art Newspaper. “My aim is to show the beauty of death.” Roswitha Franziska Vandieken, who runs the clinic, was not available for comment.
Schneider has explored the theme of death in his works before: As part of a 2000 exhibition at the Haus Esters in Krefeld, Germany, he feigned death himself. The artist currently has an exhibition at La Maison Rouge in Paris (through May 18), in which a visitor walks through a series of smaller and darker rooms and must find his way out, all the while being filmed.