Damien Hirst Exhibition exclusively at the Qatar Museum

by: xtian001

In: Entertainment | Events | Qatar

20 Oct 2013
Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst

People in the Gulf state of Qatar have been abuzz last October 7 with the unveiling of Damien Hirst’s monumental bronze sculptures displayed outside the Sidra Medical and Research Centre in Doha. Called “The Miraculous Journey,” it consists of 14 bronze sculptures, chronicling the gestation of a fetus inside a uterus, from conception to birth, ending with a statue of a 46-foot-tall anatomically correct baby boy. The installation is intended as a celebration of life and visual informative source paving way for more contemporary art to be viewed publicly in the country. The event is a prelude to Relics, the first solo exhibition in the Middle East dedicated to the iconic British artist Damien Hirst.

Damien Hirst is widely regarded as one of the world’s most successful contemporary artists and has created some of the most influential works in recent art history. Relics spans over twenty-five years of Hirst’s artistic career and includes 93 works both iconic and previously unseen. Stating, “I’ve got an obsession with death, but I think it’s like a celebration of life rather than something morbid”, Hirst has remained dedicated to exploring the complex relationship between art, love, life and death. One of his most visceral work “Leviathan” (2006-2013), the largest formaldehyde work to date, consists of a 6.8-metre basking shark preserved and contained in a 10-metre vitrine, weighing 76 tonnes, from his Natural History series, underpins his enduring fascination with death and life. His work also explores the inevitable decay of our bodies despite an increasingly unquestioning faith in pharmaceuticals. Often framing scenes within boxes, tanks or vitrines, he stages startling and thought-provoking situations in which life cycles play out, life wrestles with death, and cures become confused with illnesses.

The Immortal, 1997 – 2005.

The Immortal, 1997 – 2005.

‘Relics’ also includes pieces from a cross-section of Hirst’s most important series, including the Spot Paintings , “For the Love of God and For Heaven’s Sake” (2008) – a human skull made of diamonds,medicine cabinets and butterfly works.

Curated by the internationally renowned writer, critic and curator, Francesco Bonami, ‘Relics’ is part of a series of cultural initiatives by Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) to promote and support local and international art production, foster appreciation and understanding of artistic practices, and create opportunities for cultural dialogue. It also aims to encourage local audiences, to take part in debates and discussions about the arts that can challenge our understanding and unveil new perspectives.

For the love of God, 2007.

For the love of God, 2007.

The exhibition runs from October 10, 2013 till January 22, 2014, at ALRIWAQ DOHA exhibition space

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