Damien Hirst, Relics
QM Gallery, Al Riwaq Doha, Quatar 2013–2014
Client: Qatar Museums Authority
Caruso St John Architects designed the installation of Damien Hirst’s exhibition Relics at the Qatar Museums Authority’s exhibition space in Doha. The retrospective show of the artist’s work was a larger version of the one first shown at Tate Modern in 2012 and contained many of his most famous works.
A suite of very large gallery spaces, with walls of six to eight metres in height, was constructed within the air-conditioned building shell, in a connected suite of rooms resembling the layout of a palace. Translucent laylights gave the impression of brightly daylit rooms. Damien Hirst’s two diamond skull artworks were installed in the centre of the show in a huge circular room.
The exhibition was a rare opportunity to construct galleries of immense scale, in proportions designed specifically for the works.
Caruso St John have worked on the exhibition design for the most comprehensive survey of Damien Hirst’s work ever shown and his first exhibition in the Middle East. The exhibition is presented by the Quatari Museums Authority and will be on display until January 2014 at ALRIWAQ DOHA exhibition space.
Qatar Museums Authority
Caruso St John Architects
Adam Caruso, Peter St John
Elseline Bazin, Timo Keller
Prudence Cuming Associates