Vanitas

All Visual Arts, an arts organization based in London’s Fitzrovia, showed an exhibition of works at Frieze around the tradition of Vanitas, and the theme of memento mori, with art containing symbols and reminders of death. Joe La Placa, one of the curators behind the show, explained, “the original Vanitas works were a response to the culture of conspicuous consumption in Holland in the 17th Century, and a reminder that you can make all the money you want, but you can’t take it with you…”

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