Damien Hirst takes on Qatar with his spectacular artwork
Famed artist Damien Hirst has opened his largest retrospective in the Qatari capital of Doha. And ‘extraordinary logistics’ went into staging it—the Qatari Emiri Air Force was enlisted to transport some artwork, and the oil company Shell provided purified water for the formaldehyde-tank sculptures. Fly larvae for Hirst’s installation One Thousand Years were flown business class from Britain on Qatar Airways, too. So fly larvae are traveling better than the rest of us now. So what was held back in this installation? Translations of titles featuring the word “God” and nudes.