Published to accompany the exhibition in Doha in 2013, this book presents the most comprehensive collection of Damien Hirst’s work ever assembled. It includes a selection of works from his natural history series (animals preserved in formaldehyde), spin and spot paintings, medicine cabinets, butterfly works and the infamous diamond skulls For the Love of God (2007) and For Heaven’s Sake (2008). Relics also features Leviathan (2006–2013), his largest formaldehyde work to date, consisting of a 6.8-metre basking shark preserved and contained in a 10-metre vitrine, weighing a total of 76 tons.
The book spans over twenty-five years of Hirst’s artistic career, with a curatorial essay by Francesco Bonami and an interview with Nicholas Serota.
Publication Date 2013