Great white art
The largest ever exhibition of Damien Hirst’s work, Relics, is on display at Doha’s Al Riwaq exhibition space until 22 January 2014. (Damien Hirst and Science Ltd)
Relics, the biggest ever show of work by Damien Hirst, has just been unveiled in the tiny, energy-rich state of Qatar, in the Persian Gulf. As well as the provocative artist’s spot and spin paintings and his signature medicine cabinets, the show boasts the biggest pickled shark he has ever made, weighing in at a gargantuan 76 tons, and his diamond-encrusted skull, a piece that he once boasted was the most expensive artwork ever made by a living artist.
The exhibition is being staged in Qatar’s capital Doha, in the Al Riwaq exhibition space, a building which has been covered with coloured dots for the occasion. But that is not all: outside an as-yet-unfinished medical centre, Hirst has placed The Miraculous Journey, a series of 14 massive bronze sculptures charting a foetus from conception to birth. The project cost a reported $20m. Continue reading