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London Depicts Death in New Exhibit

Posted: Nov. 19th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse

Richard Harris has put forward an exhibition in the London's Welcome Collection meant to encourage viewers to embrace death as opposed to seeking to avoid it. The thought provoking tour of various cultures' approaches and responses to death is set to remain on display until February 24th.

Try as we might, there’s no escaping death. Art collector Richard Harris has decided to embrace it instead — and wants the rest of us to do the same.

The retired Chicago print dealer has spent years acquiring works imbued with mortality, from 18th-century anatomical drawings to Tibetan skull masks and papier-mache skeletons from Mexico.

Some 300 items from his trove are on display at London’s Wellcome Collection in an exhibition that asks whether art can help us understand and prepare for death.

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