The Funus Satellites - Heart Museum, Herning
- Heart - Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, 30. September - 9 October 2010 -
Heart Museum in Herning where the death bed will take yet another place 30 September - 9 October 2010

The death of identity and the state citizen as a global event

Claus Beck-Nielsen represents the billions of identities and state citizens of the world. His death and burial is not an exception. In other cities around the world the deathbed, death and burial of this randomly chosen identity will take place simultaneously. In CairoMoscow, Herning and Beijing a plaster cast copy of his body will lie simultaneously on a death bed in order to turn the singular and local death of Claus Beck-Nielsen into the multiple and world wide death of identities and the state citizen. Via live streaming the visitors at the death beds in Beijing, Herning, Cairo and Moscow will be able to follow and mentally participate in the death bed, funeral procession and burial in Copenhagen. 

By placing the death bed of Claus Beck-Nielsen simultanously on different continents and in different cultures the very European ritual enacted in Funus Imaginarium will be seen in radically diverse contexts. The concepts of personal and collective identity are very different in post-protestant Copenhagen, Islamist Egypt, re-orthodoxed Moscow and the industrial avantgarde of Herning. And in each of the cities there is a historical clash of contradictory funeral traditions and death cults. 

Concepts of identity, funerals and death cults in Heart Museum, Herning:


The sarcophagus containing the mortal remains of Piero Manzoni


The portable museum containing the artistic remains of Marcel Duchamp 


Monument erected in the honor of Joseph Beuys whose body lies elsewhere