Culture of life, part 2

pregnant tummy

Being consistent with principle

A German couple plans to celebrate the "culture of life" by delivering their first-born child in a museum. Somehow I suspect the Family Research Council and their politician counterparts will not be supportive. Just guessing. (See Chronicles > Culture of life, 17-Apr-05)

- A Berlin couple plan to have their first baby at an art gallery, the gallery owner said on Saturday, confirming a newspaper report.

"It's a gift to humanity, a once in a lifetime thing," Bild newspaper quoted Winfried Witt, partner of mother-to-be Ramune Gele, as saying.

Johann Novak, manager of the DNA-Galerie in central Berlin, said the artistic couple wanted to challenge conventional norms.

"It's a bit of test to see if society can cope," he said in a telephone interview.

About 30 people are expected to attend the birth, scheduled for April 24. They would be told to come to the gallery as soon as the 27-year-old Gele's contractions became regular, Witt was quoted as saying.

Novak said the gallery, which usually shows installations and video art, would be closed during the birth. "The private aspect will be maintained," he said.

Another gallery owner in the street said: "I find it mad."

At first I was intrigued by the name of the gallery — DNA-Galerie — thinking it might specialize in genetic exhibits of some sort, but from their website, it seems it's just an acronym for Die Neue Aktionsgalerie.