The Italian Almanac

Silvio Berlusconi

Italian News - June 13

A bar of soap believed to be made from fat pumped from Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has gone on display. It is part of an art exhibition in Basel, Switzerland, where for a price tag of 10 000, you can wash your hands with soap made from fat coming from Berlusconi's liposuction operation.

The 47-year-old artist who put the soap on display, Gianni Motti, claims to have acquired the fat from an employee of an elite plastic surgery clinic in Lugano in Switzerland. According to Motti, the artwork called "Mani Pulite" (clean hands) expresses opposition to corruption and mafia structures in Italy, as well as his personal opinion of Berlusconi's policies.