2009 326pp 610 x 570 mm (24 x 22 inches) 157 illustrations Hardback 3 x eight page gate-folds 6 x six page gate-folds Signed Texts by Victor Pinchuk, Eckhard Schneider, Michael Bracewell, an interview between Damien Hirst and Richard Prince and Q & A between Damien Hirst and Takashi Murakami Text in English and Ukrainian Published by Other Criteria / Pinchuk Art Centre ISBN: 978-1-906967-07-9
Requiem I catalogues each of Hirst’s works exhibited at the Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev, Ukraine, in April 2009: over 90 in total. Featuring iconic early pieces from the 1990s through to the new, previously unseen skull paintings, the book is testament to the vast range of Hirst’s output. Michael Bracewell’s extensive essay examines the conceptual and technical developments in the artist’s career within the wider context of his cultural influence.
Requiem II details all the previously unseen skull paintings from the Requiem exhibition at the Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev, Ukraine, in April 2009. Featuring over 40 works painted between 2006 and 2008, Hirst uses paint to convey the darker, philosophical attributes of death. Emerging from the midnight darkness, his Requiem skull paintings speak of a remembrance of corporeality and the transportation from body into soul. Using the skull as representative of this transition, Hirst appeals to our universal nature, his art merging sublime romanticism with life’s cold scientific reality: together we drive towards death.