No Love Lost

14 October 2009 – 24 January 2010
Solo Exhibition. The Wallace Collection, London, United Kingdom.

Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012

The Wallace Collection, a museum renowned for its collection of Old Masters and 18th-century French furniture, presented 25 of Hirst’s works, displayed on the silk-hung walls of one of the first-floor galleries. Explaining his choice of the Wallace Collection, Hirst stated, “I love the fact that it is a family collection. It’s like a world away from the world. My new works somehow feel like they belong here with other works and objects from other times.” In conjunction with the exhibition, Hirst selected 25 paintings from the permanent collection that he considered influential on him. Of one of the chosen paintings, Gerrit Dou’s ‘A Hermit’ (c.1661), he explains that the skull lying in front of the figure “forces us to engage with him and realise that the thing we will ultimately have in common is the skull.”[1]

A bronze edition of ‘St Bartholomew, Exquisite Pain’ (2006) was installed outside the entrance to the Wallace Collection in Manchester Square for the duration of the exhibition. 

Published on the occasion of the exhibition, ‘No Love Lost’ contained a conversation between Hirst and artist John Hoyland (The Wallace Collection/Other Criteria, 2009).

[1] Damien Hirst cited in ‘Wallace Collection Trail’ (Wallace Collection, 2010)