Gagosian to Open Gallery in Hong Kong with an Exhibition by Damien Hirst


HONG KONG.- To inaugurate the Hong Kong exhibition space, Gagosian Gallery will present Forgotten Promises, an exhibition of new paintings and sculptures by Damien Hirst opening on 18 January 2011. In recent years, Hirst has developed his familiar iconography the skull, the diamond and the butterfly to explore fundamental ideas about existence. His work highlights the duality that lies at the heart of human experience, from our inexorable struggles between life and death, beauty and decay, desire and fear, love and loss. While Hirsts earlier fact paintings focused on the brutality and violence of life, using documentary images found in newspapers and magazines; or the beauty and agony of childbirth, taken from photographs of the birth of his own son; or the light-refracted brilliance of the worlds most famous