Victor Pinchuk, the steel billionaire of Ukraine, will mount the largest show of Damien Hirst’s work to date. Pinchuk, listed by Forbes as the 246th richest person in the world with a fortune of 2.6 billion dollars, is an avid supporter of Hirst’s art. Pinchuk was one of the secret buyers at Hirst’s record-breaking £111 million auction at Sotheby’s last year.
Despite Ukraine’s tough economic conditions, “Requiem” will open on April 25th at the Pinchuk Art Centre in the Ukrainian capital Kiev. On display will be some of Hirst’s most shocking works including Death Explained from 2007, a sculpture of a shark cut in half and preserved in formaldehyde and A Thousand Years from 1990, a sculpture of a dead cow’s head covered in maggots and flies. The show will also include for the first time a series of skull paintings created between 2006 and 2008.
Pinchuk proudly announces, “In hosting a major retrospective of one of the most important artists working today, the Pinchuk Art Centre is a testament to Ukraine’s ongoing cultural development.”