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Damien Hirst collaborates with Deyrolle on animal cabinet

Damien Hirst collaborates with Deyrolle on animal cabinet

The artist revisits taxidermy


Reminiscent of his shark floating in formaldehyde, Damien Hirst is taking another approach to taxidermy, this time at Paris's Deyrolle, a haven for collectors of stuffed animals, fossils and other specimens since 1831

A new artwork piece called 'Signification (Hope, Immortality and Death in Paris, Now and Then)' is conceived like a contemporary cabinet of curiosities, and made up of taxidermy animals, entomology and skeletons, each of which were chosen by Damien Hirst from Deyrolle's August stock.

Damien Hirst collaborates with Deyrolle on animal cabinet (фото 1)

"People have been making curiosity cabinets for almost 500 years, and it's something that's always fascinated me: they inhabit a space between life and death that says so much about who we are as humans, and who we might want to be. Being able to use Deyrolle's incredible collection to create my own contemporary 'Wunderkammer' is just amazing," the artist said enthusiastically.

Damien Hirst collaborates with Deyrolle on animal cabinet (фото 2)

The chef d'oeuvre will be on display at Deyrolle from today until October 28, before going under the hammer at online auction house Paddle8.

The proceeds will benefit Hirst's charity Victim, which guards indigenous communities around the world.