Alriwaq Doha
October 10, 2013 - January 22, 2014
Al Corniche St, Doha, Qatar
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Under the patronage of Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar Museums Authority is hosting what is both the first Damien Hirst solo exhibition in the Middle East and the most comprehensive collection of Hirst’s work ever assembled.

The exhibition include a selection of works from his Natural History series (animals preserved in formaldehyde), Spin and spot paintings, medicine cabinets, butterfly works, and the infamous diamond skulls For the Love of God (2007) and For Heaven's Sake (2008). The exhibition also features Leviathan (2006 - 2013), his largest formaldehyde work to date, consisting of a 6.8 metre basking shark preserved and contained in a 10 meter vitrine, weighing a total of 76 tons.

As part of Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture, Relics spans over twenty-five years of Hirst’s artistic career and includes both seminal as well as previously unseen works. His work bears testimony to his enduring fascination with the daily intrusion of death into life, and the inevitable decay of our bodies despite an increasingly unquestioning faith in pharmaceuticals. Hirst has remained dedicated to exploring the complex relationship between art, love, life and death.