Wednesday, 21 September 2011

New religion, Damien Hirst

The opening of the Damien Hirst exhibition at the Benaki Museum in Pireos.

The new religion being medicine, and more specifically, pharmaceuticals. The usual obssession with death and mortality.

48 works, mostly prints, working together as a whole, starting with the birth of Christ and finishing with the Apocalypse.

Pills, more pills and yet more pills. Different pills for different apostles.

The Gospel according to Damien Hirst.

The human wish to keep mortality at bay.

Religion and science having the same aim, namely to make us forget our mortality, the Bible as an 'immortality pill'.

Have pharmaceuticals now replaced religion as the opium of the people?

1 comment:

  1. As you said, take an idea and do it to death...I enjoyed his first medicine cabinet idea all those years ago. Commercialism as death of ideas?