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January 15, 2013

Take a walk passed the skulls, the skeletons and the character of Death himself dancing on our backs, he is enticing us passed the diverse range of ways in which we can achieve the inevitable, and how we deal with it.. or is that not at the heart of the whole exhibition?

This is the kind of exhibition that you may find yourself thinking thoughts like: Everyone on the planet at present -not that long after I am dead in the grand scheme of things-  will all have passed away, will all be gone. To myself, it often feels the idea of being truly dead (as  a door nail), usually feels like a stretch of the imagination. Yet, I at times I feel I have rare momentary glimpses into this (often difficult to except) reality.

Head Games, Susan Hardy Brown (b. 1947 USA), offset printed artist's book

Sobering, thoughtful, funny, engrossing, therapeutic.

Mors ultima linea rerum (Death, the final boundary of things), Unknown artist, copperplate print, c.1570

Vanitas, Still life with a bouquet and skull, Adriaen van Utrecht (1599–1652, Belgium) oil on canvas 1643

Victorian 0rnametal morphic postcard

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528, Germany), woodcut, c.1497–98

Death: A Self-portrait exhibition at the Wellcome Collection London. Donated by Richard Harris.

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