Something Must Break, 2008
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180 x 92 x 36 cm
70 7/8 x 36 1/4 x 14 3/16 inches
Damien Hirst, Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow (31 March–1 June 2017)
Damien Hirst began to work on the ‘Medicine Cabinets’ series while his second year at Goldsmiths College in 1988. He created a group of twelve units which he titled after the Sex Pistol album ‘Never Mind the Bollocks’ (1977). Hirst explained it this way: “I like it when there is more than one way of saying something, like songs on an album”.
The title of ‘Something Must Break’, 2008 work refers to the eponymous song from the Joy Division’s album the ‘Permanent’, (1995). In this work Hirst explores a fine line between life and death, myth and medicine.
“You can only cure people for so long and then they’re going to die anyway. You can’t arrest decay, but these medicine cabinets suggest you can.”
– Damien Hirst Courtesy the artist and Gary Tatintsian Gallery.