A collaboration with Damien Hirst was high on the wish list. An artist of immeasurable talent and worldwide renown, he perfectly embodies his generation of artists, unafraid to embark on experiments, calling into question the strict definitions of art and what constitutes a work of art.
Silvio Denz, Chairman and CEO, Lalique S.A.
"It’s amazing being able to use all the expert craftsmanship [...] of Lalique for something new, and the results are beyond all my expectations."
Eternal, Damien Hirst x Lalique
Conceived by Damien Hirst and handcrafted by Lalique, the Eternal collection is a series of sculptures and panels rendered in exquisite crystal.
In this collection, the British artist presents a series of motifs that can be read as emblematic of the cycle of life. Developed over a number of years through exchanges between the artist and the crystal workshops, this project has given rise to a series of exceptional pieces. Sleep depicts a human skull, a reminder of the inexorable passage of time, whilst Truth presents a dove carrying an olive branch. Belief features a constellation of coloured capsules inserted into a cross; Sinner illustrates the sinuous curve of a serpent in a triptych of panels. Cross slices with open scissors, Immaculate depicts a dagger through a heart in flight.
Damien Hirst was born in 1965 in Bristol and grew up in Leeds. In 1984 he moved to London, where he worked in construction before studying for a BA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths college from 1986 to 1989. Whilst in his second year, he conceived and curated a group exhibition entitled ‘Freeze’. The show is commonly acknowledged to have been the launching point for Hirst and for a generation of British artists.
Since the late 1980s, Hirst has used varied practices to explore the complex relationships between art, life and death, explaining: “Art’s about life and it can’t really be about anything else … there isn’t anything else.” Through work, he investigates and challenges contemporary belief systems, and dissects the uncertainties at the heart of human experience.
Since 1987, over 90 solo Damien Hirst exhibitions have taken place worldwide, and his work has been included in over 260 group shows. He was awarded the Turner Prize in 1995.