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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Death explored in new Wellcome Collection show

13th November 2012

A new show at London's Wellcome Collection is looking at the different aspects of death.

Although rather morbid sounding, the exhibition is ideal for visitors staying in central London hotels and provides a fascinating insight into one of the major taboo subjects.

Using pieces gathered from around the world, the show is on at the London venue until February next year and looks at death using a mix of artwork, scientific exhibits and artefacts.

Entry to the show is free of charge and Richard Harris, a former antique print dealer from the US, has played a key role in ensuring the exhibition explores all aspects of death.

"I hoped to create a body of work that would chronologically and culturally capture the essence of death through its iconography, from masterpieces of fine art to the incidental," he said.

"It is my wish that what started out solely as a collection of objects based on the theme of death will become the visual component for a more serious conversation about the subject of death that we need to have in our society."

Using science, spirituality and philosophy, the exhibition is based in five rooms at the Wellcome Collection and includes prints by key artists such as Rembrandt, Durer and Goya.

Kate Forde, curator at Wellcome Collection, added: "The exhibition is a testament both to the keen and curious mind of a collector and to our imaginative and unending fascination with mortality, across cultures and history. Death challenges us to recognise the many faces of death."

For those travelling by public transport to the Wellcome Collection, the nearest London Underground stations are Euston and Warren Street on the Victoria and Northern lines and King's Cross St Pancras station on the Victoria, Northern, Piccadilly, Circle, Metropolitan, and Hammersmith and City lines.

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