DAMIEN HIRSTVisual Candy and Natural History

The paintings create a sense of comfort against
which the full violence of the formaldehyde works can be felt



Damien Hirst
Myth Explored, Explained, Exploded, 1993–99


  “I had my stomach pumped as a child because I ate pills thinking they were sweets […] I can’t understand why some people believe completely in medicine and not in art, without questioning either.”  —Damien Hirst

Gagosian Hong Kong presents “Visual Candy and Natural History”, a selection of paintings and sculptures by Damien Hirst from the early- to mid-1990s. Hirst in his works created installations, sculptures, paintings and drawings that examine the complex relationships between art, beauty, religion, science, life and death. He has investigated and challenged contemporary belief systems, tracing the uncertainties that lie at the heart of human experience. This exhibition juxtaposes the joyful, colorful abstractions of his ‘Visual Candy’ paintings, with the sterility of his ‘Natural History’ sculptures. The first collection is characterized by the different art movements including Impressionism, Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art; while the second one is composed by the iconic glass tanks containing biological specimens preserved in formaldehyde.