Opposite Euston Station lies one of London’s lesser known, and yet one of its greatest museums, The Wellcome Collection. Described as ‘a destination for the incurably curious.’ it is one of the few places in the capital where you don’t have to pay to enter any of the exhibitions. Named after Sir Henry Wellcome, who’s collection of medical curiosities make up part of the permanent displays, past exhibitions have included ‘Dirt’, ‘The Brain’ and ‘Superhuman’. Up until the end of February they’re showing one of their finest ever exhibits ‘Death: A Self Portait’.
‘Death’ is made up of 300 pieces of morbid American print dealer, Robert Harris’ collection. The exhibition first took place at the Chicago Cultural Centre last year where it was that particular venue’s most successful attraction ever with over 100,000 visitors . The show is made up of images of death in various guises, from Skulls made by ancient civilizations to rare prints by Goya to children’s puppets. Harris has also commisioned other artworks to be included. This is one of the most thought provoking exhibits that The Wellcome has ever shown, and well worth a look before it closes.
Alongside the main exhibition there are also various lectures on different aspects on the subject of death to be held right until the end of showing, as well as a blog by Senior Trust Editor, Chrissie Giles, about her experiences from her time spent in the Princess Alice Hospice in Esher last summer. See the website for details.
Death: A Self Portrait is on until February 24th.