Death: A Self-portrait

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Death: A Self-portrait
Courtesy Edward Thorp Gallery and the artist
June Leaf, 'Gentleman on Green Table' 1999-2000
Death is the sombre theme of the Wellcome's latest exhibition, which showcases the private collection of Richard Harris, a Chicago-based antique collector who has amassed more than 300 artefacts, artworks and curiosities relating to death. The subject is explored through rare prints by Rembrandt, Dürer and Goya, antique metamorphic postcards and ancient Incan skulls among other ephemera.


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I wholly enjoyed this. This was my resolution to myself to go to London more to explore new ideas and culture. I really recommend those attending to take a few minutes quiet on your own before entering the exhibition, empty yourself of thought and embrace this wonderful and sometimes shocking collection.

Amazing free exhibition, not being a fan of the Death Theme ( it's better avoided as a subject, isn't it), the display is better than what I could have expected. I think it is one of the must-see exhibitions of the year. You will find a great selection of sketches and drawings including Otto Dix, Goya, Hans Bellmer, Albrecht Durer, an impressive private collection around death covering all periods. Both creepy, gloomy, funny, distracting, disturbing and will make you reflect at the same time. The perfect after-Halloween event or treat yourself to a dark Christmas.