by Kimberly Bradley
Word on the Eurostreet is that the next big thing in art just might be death. This recent brush with fatality started with a news item in the Art Newspaper
on Apr. 17, 2008, reporting that the German artist Gregor Schneider
-- known for often-spooky architectural manipulations, including rebuilding his house in the German pavilion at the 2001 Venice Biennale
-- was planning to stage a performance-art piece in which the Museum Haus Lange
in the Rhineland city of Krefeld would exhibit a dying person as an art object. A Düsseldorf-based pathologist named Roswitha Franziska Vandieken
was supposed to assist Schneider in finding a subject willing to pass away in public. Schneider was quoted as saying, "I want to display a person dying naturally in the piece or somebody who has just died. My aim is to show the beauty of death."