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A Living Replica of Vincent Van Gogh’s Severed Ear Is on Display in Germany (Video)

A Living Replica of Vincent Van Gogh’s Severed Ear Is on Display in Germany (Video)

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June 4 2014 2:14 PM

“Talk to the Ear”

The terrifying German exhibit that used a Van Gogh descendant to make a living replica of his severed ear.

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THOMAS KIENZLE

The ear uses living cells from Lieuwe van Gogh, the great-great-grandson of Vincent van Gogh’s brother Theo. But the most unsettling part? The museum encourages you to “talk to the ear,” converting your sounds into nerve impulses.