Uniquely in Scandinavia the British artist Damien Hirst (b. 1965) has received his very own gallery at ARKEN. Here ten works deal with life and death in various aspects.
One acquisition is a serigraph of the artist’s world-famous work For the Love of God, The Diamond Skull (2007), a skull studded with diamond dust.
Real butterflies, dead flies and the picture of a cancerous kidney are converted to spectacular and challenging interpretations of our contemporary reality.
Hirst is one of the absolutely seminal artists of our time. His works explore man’s urge to create his own paradise through the use of various chemicals (psychopharmacological drugs, nicotine, narcotics, etc.), and he depicts life’s constant oscillation between hope and desperation. Thus he raises universally relevant questions of beauty and decay, life and death.
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