To celebrate Frieze London 2021, Annabel’s has joined forces with iconic British Artist Damien Hirst to showcase an exclusive presentation of previously unseen works curated by Hirst himself. Members and guests will be able to discover Hirst’s incredible sculptures displayed throughout the private Members Club until October 24th, celebrating culture and creativity in the heart of London’s most iconic Member’s Club
Annabel’s distinctive interiors provide the perfect setting to complement Hirst’s Gold and Silver sculptures from Treasures. First debuted in 2017, Hirst has curated a selection of unseen pieces from the series for this private presentation. The collection presents sculptural relics from a fictional shipwreck off the coast of East Africa, playing fast and loose with linear time, cultural origin, and perceptions of relative status and value. Foregrounding these sculptures against an intricately woven tale of seafaring exploits, marine excavation, and laborious research, Hirst aims to invoke feelings of wonder at their meticulous physical and conceptual fabrication.
Works such as Chinese Elephant and Cat (Egyptian) pay homage to the opulence of the Annabel’s rooms and the animal theme, which is evident throughout the Club. Sparking unexpected interactions between ancient and modern, Hirst’s Treasures exemplifies the idea of mythmaking that lies at the core of culture, both high and low.
In the reception, Guests are greeted by the powerful formaldehyde artwork Peace (2009, Glass, painted aluminium, silicone, acrylic, stainless steel, dove and formaldehyde solution). Seven further works of art can be discovered throughout the Club, from Hathor exhibited on the mantlepiece in the Rose Room, and Hirst's playful Minnie and Goofy sculptures carved out of pink Portuguese marble and encrusted with colourful blooms of skilfully painted barnacles, welcome guests at the entrance.
Since the late 1980’s, Damien Hirst has used a varied practise of installation, sculpture, painting and drawing to explore the complex relationship between art, life and death. Hirst’s work investigates and challenges contemporary belief systems and dissects the tensions and uncertainties at the heart of human experience.
Art’s about life and it can’t really be about anything else … there isn’t anything else – Damien Hirst
Continuing Annabel’s legacy for celebrating culture, fine art and opulence since its foundation in 1963, the partnership with Damien Hirst toasts to the Club’s creative heritage presenting one of England’s most acclaimed contemporary artists to their Members and guests this October.
Damien Hirst was born in 1965 in Bristol and grew up in Leeds. In 1984 he moved to London, where he worked in construction before studying for a BA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths college from 1986 to 1989. He was awarded the Turner Prize in 1995. Since the late 1980’s, Hirst has used a varied practise of installation, sculpture, painting and drawing to explore the complex relationship between art, life and death. Hirst’s work investigates and challenges contemporary belief systems, and dissects the tensions and uncertainties at the heart of human experience.
Since 1987, over 80 solo Damien Hirst exhibitions have taken place worldwide and his work has been included in over 260 group shows . Hirst’s first major retrospective The Agony and the Ecstasy was held in the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples in 2004. His contribution to British art over the last two and a half decades was recognised in 2012 with a major retrospective of his work staged at Tate Modern. Hirst lives and works in London, Gloucestershire and Devon.
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