Swiss museum to display soap made from Berlusconi

8th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

A Swiss museum will display a bar of soap which an artist claims to have made out of fat belonging to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, it said on Friday.

"The exhibition presents the work 'Clean Hands', a bar of soap which was probably made from the fat of Silvio Berlusconi," Zurich's Migros Museum of Contemporary Art said in a statement

Berlusconi underwent liposuction at a Swiss clinic in 2004, and a clinic employee gave the discarded fat to Swiss artist Gianni Motti, the statement said.

The off-white soap, which is the size of a conventional bar, will be exhibited until November 28 in its first public display since being purchased by a private collector in 2005.

The clinic has consistently denied the artist's claims about the origin of the fat.

The name of the work is a reference to Italy's "Clean Hands" campaign, a judicial investigation into political corruption in the 1990s.

Motti earned notoriety in 1997 after occupying the seat of an Indonesian delegate during a UN human rights debate and prompting an interruption.

© 2010 AFP

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