Damien Hirst, one of the most influential British artist of our generation, made his way to Hong Kong for the opening Forgotten Promises, his exhibition currently at the new Gagosian Gallery located in Hong Kong’s Central District. All of the artworks were exhibited for the first time in Hong Kong and the exhibition showcases the depth of styles from sculptures to paintings. Not to be taken as a “serious artist”, Hirst was happy to show his professional side as well as his playful nature during the press preview.
A large scale gold-plated silver sculpture welcomes the visitors at the entrance of the gallery. It is an almost life size piece that shows Saint Bartholomew skinning himself entitled Exquisite Pain. Walking past the sculpture, the series of butterflies paintings filled up the left side of the gallery. These were meticulously painted over a two year period, an intrigue oil painting over photo prints. Halfway through the gallery, a gold skeletal sculpture, Cupid’s Lie, situated right in front of another work of decadence, the platinum plated For Heaven’s Sake, a sculpture set with 8,128 pink and white diamonds. Around to the right side of the gallery is a series of metallic paintings, New Found Magnificence, Dreams of Magnificence and New Magnificence, which featured real butterflies details. The exhibition is current on display at Gagosian Gallery Hong Kong till March of this year.
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12 Pedder Street
Central, Hong Kong
Exhibition Dates: January 18th (Tuesday) – March 19th (Saturday)
For Heaven’s Sake (2008)
Platinum, pink and white diamonds
85 x 85 x 100 mm
Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates
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