Periodic Table - Wellcome Collection

A call to update Mr Henry Wellcome’s curious collection with ‘things’ no bigger than your head makes for a dynamic and constantly changing exhibition. Things is devised by artist Keith Wilson and takes place at Wellcome Collection.

‘THINGS’, 12th – 22nd October 2010


183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE (020 7611 2222)

Gala launch of Wellcome Collection

Wellcome Collection is calling on the public to loan or donate objects and become co-creators of its new temporary exhibition, Things. Members of the public are invited to deposit an object they own in a bring-a-thing-athon over seven days between 12th and 19th October. The object can be any single thing they own, be it special or boring, rare or common. The only stipulation is that it must be no bigger than their head.

Things reveals an ever-changing modern cabinet of curiosities that reflects on the meaning of objects, their relationship with time and how they relate to one another in different settings. In a constant state of flux, the exhibition asks us also to look at the things in the present while projecting them into the future, anticipating how the visitors of tomorrow might make sense of them – a kind of anthropology of the here and now.

The expansive nature of the exhibition-cum-event intends to mirror Henry Wellcome’s collection itself. Wellcome – entrepreneur, philanthropist, patron of science, pioneer and compulsive collector – had a universal interest in health and the body, which has resulted in a stunning anthropological collection that sheds light on humanity with a diverse range of cultural artefacts.

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