A sculpture of Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei as a corpse has caused panic in a small German town where passersby have mistaken the work for an actual dead body. Chinese artist He Xiangyu’s sculpture of Weiwei is so lifelike that it has resulted in dozens of calls to the police to report a death in Bad Ems, the town where the work is on display.
The sculpture is called “The Death of Marat” — an art-historical nod to the famous neoclassical painting of French revolutionary Jean-Paul Marat, painted by Jacques-Louis David . It depicts Weiwei, who was detained by the Chinese government earlier this year, as lying face down on the gallery floor, deceased. (via the Washington Post)