German Group 'Hosts' Head Lice as Art in Israeli Museum

Can lice imitate art?

Seven Germans believe the answer is yes. And their art certainly is all about real lice.

In an experiment that's unusual, to say the least, a group of Berliners is living at a museum in Israel with the creepy-crawly head bugs in their hair for three full weeks, Reuters news service and the BBC reported. They sleep, eat and bathe in the gallery.

"The idea is that we live in the museum as their guests, and at the same time we are hosting lice on our heads," said artist Vincent Grunwald, 23, wearing a plastic shower cap to prevent the lice from spreading.

It's all in the name of defining art, of course — and pushing the line between where real life ends and art begins.

"Art is no longer just a painting on the wall," Milana Gitzin-Adiram, chief curator of the Museum of Bat Yam near Tel Aviv, told Reuters. "Art is life, life is art."

The exhibit has caused a bit of a furor — not only because it makes people squeamish, but because it calls to mind references to Jews as "parasites" in Nazi-era Germany, according to Reuters.

The museum and the artists say that parallel is not one they intended.

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