The Death of God – Towards a Better Understanding of a Life Without God Aboard the Ship of Fools

24 February 2006 – 31 July 2006
Solo Exhibition. Galeria Hilario Galguera, Mexico City, Mexico.

Courtesy of Galería Hilario Galguera © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012

Hirst included a series of ‘Fact’ paintings, ‘Kaleidoscope’ paintings and an edition of a silver sculpture entitled ‘Unicorn - The Dream is Dead’ (2005), a silver cast of a horse’s head with a large sawfish blade attached. Hirst also showed, for the first time, a new series of spin paintings in which a human skull was placed in the centre of the circular canvas.

Also presented were a series of new ‘Natural History’ works on religious themes, including ‘In the Name of the Father’ (2005), three individually contained sheep carcasses in formaldehyde, rendered as a crucifixion scene. Of the significance of the exhibition’s title, Hirst explained, “maybe it’s just the death of God as an idea has died – I mean all ideas die and are replaced by new ideas, for better or worse.”[1]

On the occasion of the exhibition a publication was produced containing a conversation between Hirst and gallerist Hilario Galguera, together with the artist’s poetry series ‘The Cancer Chronicles’, translated into Spanish (Other Criteria/Galeria Hilario Galguera, 2006).

[1] Damien Hirst, ‘The Death of God: Towards a Better Understanding of a Life Without God Aboard the Ship of Fools’ (Other Criteria/Galeria Hilario Galguera, 2006), 7-8