New Religion

18 October 2012 – 2 December 2012
Solo Exhibition. The National Art Gallery of Bulgaria, Sofia, Bulgaria.

‘The Soul on Jacob's Ladder’ (2005). Courtesy Paul Stolper Gallery © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012

For Damien Hirst's first solo exhibition in Bulgaria, the National Art Gallery are presenting the travelling exhibition ‘New Religion’. The show includes a series of silkscreen prints, as well as paintings and sculptures, which address Hirst’s conviction that “science is the new religion for many people. It’s as simple and as complicated as that really.”[1]

Works shown included a cedarwood crucifix inlayed with pewter pills (‘New Religion’ (2005)) and silkscreen prints depicting biblical chapters with images of corresponding medication. 

This exhibition was originally presented at Paul Stolper Gallery London in 2005, followed by All Hallows Church, London Wall, in 2007.

[1] Damien Hirst cited in Sean O’Hagan, ‘Interview’, ‘New Religion‘ (Other Criteria/Paul Stolper Gallery, 2006).