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Damien Hirst

In This Terrible Moment We Are All Victims of an Environment That Refuses to Acknowledge the Soul

  • Year2002
  • MaterialVitrine: stainless steel and glass; Pills: synthetic resin, bronze, and plaster
  • Year of acquisition2002
  • Inventory numberUAB 190
  • On viewBasement floor

More about the artwork

The extraordinarily long title of this work by Damien Hirst already points to its gigantic dimensions. More than 27,000 pills are lined up on a mirrored medicine cabinet, carefully placed side by side at predetermined angles. Contemplating them also means risking a look in the mirror: do we believe that we, too, can treat every illness and every ailment with a suitable pill? This work is not only an impressive illustration of the increasing pathologization of our society—it is not without reason that we now refer to depression or burnout as diseases of civilization—but also of the fact that modern science and medicine have taken the place of religion in our culture.

Further collection artworks

Cy Twombly, Notes from a Tower, 1961, UAB 443aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Notes from a Tower, 1961
Cy Twombly, Untitled (Capri), 1960, UAB 442aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (Capri), 1960
Cy Twombly, Untitled ('In Memory of Alvaro de Campos') (Lexington), 2002, UAB 652aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (“In Memory of Alvaro De Campos”) (Lexington), 2002
Cy Twombly , Untitled (Rome), 1983, UAB 460aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (Rome), 1983
Cy Twombly , Lepanto VII, 2001, UAB 475aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Lepanto VII, 2001