Major Damien Hirst exhibition to open in St. Moritz

Large-scale sculpture, The Monk, exhibited on the frozen Lake St. Moritz

The Monk, 2014. Installation image of Lake St. Moritz, 2020. Photographed by Felix Friedmann © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021

8 January 2021

A major exhibition of over 40 works by Damien Hirst will open in St. Moritz, Switzerland, across four locations from 23 January – 28 February 2021.

Titled Mental Escapology and organised with the assistance of the city of St. Moritz, the exhibition will be presented in multiple venues including two historical buildings: the neo-classical Forum Paracelsus in St. Moritz Bad and the Protestant Church in the centre of St. Moritz.

A highlight of the exhibition will be two large-scale outdoor sculptures. Hirst’s 12-foot-high sculpture The Monk will be exhibited in the centre of the frozen Lake St. Moritz, with Two Figures with a Drum installed on the north-eastern edge of the lake. The works were last seen in Hirst’s monumental 2017 exhibition Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable in Venice. 

The installation of The Monk represents the first time an artwork has been exhibited on the lake itself. Additionally, Mental Escapology will be Hirst’s first public exhibition in Switzerland. 

The exhibition will feature works from some of Hirst’s most well-known series, including Natural History, Spot PaintingsButterfly Colour Paintings and Mental Escapology, after which the exhibition is named. The exhibition, spread across indoor and outdoor sites, will engage with both the region’s spectacular landscape and the city’s most important civic spaces in which to show art, creating a dialogue between nature, the manmade, the contemporary and the historic.

The exhibition has been curated by Jason Beard and produced by Oscar Humphries and Marco Voena. 

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