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  1. #1
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    Aug 2003
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    Coffin Show: Going Out in Style

    BERLIN (Reuters) - Coffins shaped like a fish, a giant onion and a Mercedes saloon have gone on show in Berlin in an exhibition on sepulchral culture aimed at reminding Germans they can go out in style.

    The exhibition opened in Berlin on Thursday and features chic black-lacquered and gold encrusted caskets by German and Italian designers alongside novelty shaped coffins created by the African artist Kane Kwei.

    "Customs like wearing black for mourning are old-fashioned and many people feel the issue of death is never addressed," said Jutta Lange, a spokeswomen for the Museum for Sepulchral Culture, which is curating the exhibition. "We try to help them find new ways to express their grief."

    The museum in Kassel, central Germany, was founded in 1951 and aims to raise public awareness of grieving rituals and help people talk about issues related to death. Traveling exhibitions like this one in Berlin is part of that endeavor, Lange said.

    Berlin Cathedral houses the more traditional exhibits, such as coffins dating back four centuries. Dussmann, a major department store, is displaying the contemporary pieces that could prove controversial, a cathedral spokeswoman said.

    "Death is something people avoid discussing," said Martina Tittel, managing director of Dussmann.

    "We want them to come face to face with the unusual side of burial rites -- funerals don't have to be quiet churchyard affairs."

    The most sensational coffins on display were those created by Ghanaian-born Kane Kwei. He took the inspiration for his coffins from the burial culture of the Ga people, a major ethnic group in Ghana.

    According to Ga tradition, caskets should be made to reflect objects that played a particular role in the deceased person's life, such as the church, a flour sack or a sports shoe.


  2. #2
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    Aug 2003
    This is funny... I am doing a paper for school on this artist, and it linked me back to websleuths! I can't stay away from here even when I try!

  3. #3
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    Jan 2006
    On the bank of Lake Pontchartrain
    I want to go out in style! Like Willie the Wimp! He was buried in a cadillac with rings on and 100 dollar bills between his fingers sitting up at the drivers wheel.

    J/K I think it's funny. But if anyone wants to do that to show their personality, why not?

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