The ultimate failure in life is the failure of life itself. Death is celebrated across the whole range of media at Wellcome’s winter exhibition “Death: A Self-Portrait

  • “The exhibition finds beginnings in ends with Commemoration, which follows global and historical rituals surrounding death, burial and mourning. From pre-Colombian Aztec vessels to American photographs of individuals posing with macabre props, they all express a very human desire to connect with our ancestors, to sanctify the body and to feel intimately connected to people beyond death.”

The exhibit spans 5 rooms which feature distinct aspects of Death and its artistic expression…

  1. Contemplating Death explores the pressing of our own mortality upon us.
  2. Dance of Death focuses on the levelling universality of death
  3. Violent Death [shows] compelling works of chaos, brutality and, more troublingly, aesthetic beauty.
  4. Eros and Thanatos presents works that navigate our strange attraction to death, sexuality and pain.
  5. Commemoration…follows global and historical rituals surrounding death, burial and mourning.

NBC News commented, “The Wellcome Foundation’s exhibit “Death: A Self Portrait” in London is a lesson in Carpe Diem, and encourages the living to make the most of every moment.”

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