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Lice-infested artists

A MUSEUM in Israel has caused controversy by hosting a modern art installation that aims to stretch the boundaries of art with seven young artists from Berlin who will live there for three weeks with lice in their hair.

“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 the international news agency Reuters. “Art is life, life is art.”

The artists, who sleep, eat and bathe in the gallery, said the exhibition toyed with ideas about hosts and guests in line with a theme set by the museum and aimed to “blur the boundaries between art and reality”.

“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.