DAMIEN HIRST II Jesus Carries His Cross, 2005 signed print © the artist and Paul Stolper Gallery  
New Religion at ŁAŹNIA CCA, GDAŃSK
Damien Hirst

25th July - 27th September 2015

Paul Stolper Gallery is proud to annouce that Damien Hirst's seminal installation 'New Religion' will be exhibited at Łaźnia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk, Poland.

The eternal themes of mortality and faith, combined with a fascination with science and technology, have been central to the practice of Damien Hirst (b. 1965) since he first came to prominence a quarter of a century ago. These preoccupations converge in New Religion (2005), a large-scale installation which juxtaposes religious imagery with the clinical beauty of pharmaceuticals and the brutal realism of medical procedure.

Comprising fifty framed screen-prints, four sculptures, a butterfly painting and a  repository of objects, the installation takes  the form of a fresco cycle surrounding  an altar, which in turn bears a cross studded  with gem-like pills, a child’s skull, a pierced  heart and a giant marble pill. Brought together, the elements in New Religion present a contemplation of the fragility of life and the endless quest for longevity.

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