Kiev, The Pinchuk Art Centre

This significant Damien Hirst retrospective unites over one hundred of the British artist’s sculptures and installations, dating from 1990 to 2008, and includes his more recent oil paintings, one of which, Requiem, leads the show as its name source.

The 1995 recipient of the Turner Prize, the U.K.’s top contemporary art accolade, and a leading figure in the Saatchi and Jopling-bred Young British Artists entourage, Hirst made more recent headlines in 2008 selling works for close to $200 million at Sotheby's, which was the most expensive auction to date of works by a single artist.

Steel tycoon Victor Pinchuk is one of Hirst’s biggest collectors and founded the eponymous museum that will host the retrospective that includes “A Thousand Years” (1990) and “Men Shall Know Nothing” (2008). Hirst’s highly conceptual style, rooted in the grit of scientific and biological reality – with catchy titles to boot – have included a host of dead animals, formaldehyde and brightly colored oil paint. The positioning of this retrospective in Kiev, currently rife with political and economic instability, is a claim for the bright future of contemporary art and cultural capitals in Eastern Europe.

April 25th through September 20th, 2009
1/3-2, "А" Block
Chervonoarmyska / Baseyna vul.
Kyiv, Ukraine 01004
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