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13.08.2010

 

Haunch of Venison, Berlin : from Damien Hirst's formaldehyde zebras to Yoko Ono's anti-violence prescription from the medicine cabinet

Michael Joos’ and Damien Hirst’s shared exhibition is just coming to a close.

‘Have You Ever Really Looked at the Sun?’ is a collaboration between the two artists who have been friends ever since first meeting in Cologne, 1991.

‘The Incredible Journey’ (2008), a zebra floating in a formaldehyde filled white steel tank and ‘The Black Sheep with Golden Horns’ (Divided) (2009), an additional formaldehyde work by Hirst was on show for the first time.

Additional exhibited works include ‘Har Megiddo’ a monumental, round fly picture as well as ‘The Dark Continent’ (2009-2010), a steel medicine cabinet filled with black pills.

After a short summer break, the gallery, which was founded in 2007 by Harry Blain and Graham Southern, will reopen on 10 September with new works by the legendary Yoko Ono.

The concept of the ‘Das Gift’ exhibition was created especially for the gallery and comprises films, sound pieces and sculptures.

The conceptual artist covers themes of violence, healing, change and love with various mediums and questions the dichotomy of the personal and the global.

Speaking about the exhibition, Ono states: "I’d like to draw awareness to all the violence that is happening all over the world. I ask the people who come and visit the exhibition to bring something of their own personal experience with violence: a picture, or a text, that will then be placed on the gallery wall. In the upper floor, however, there will be a room where one only smiles."

Visitor's smiles will be included in a streaming video, on view during the exhibition.


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Heidestrasse 46
10557 Berlin
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