Lost Love, 2000



Lost Love
3658 x 2134 x 2134 mm 144 x 84 x 84 in
Glass, painted steel, silicon, water, aquarium system, live tropical fish, gravel, gynecologist’s chair, glass-topped trolley, medical and surgical equipment, coat stand, lab coat, handbag, shoes, gold watch, pearl necklace and gold rings
Image: Courtesy of Science Ltd © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012


Group Exhibition - 2015
Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy
Solo Exhibition - 2000
Gagosian Gallery, West 24th Street, New York, United States


Love Lost’ and ‘Lost Love’, were made as a pair for the exhibition ‘Theories, Models, Methods, Approaches, Assumptions, Results and Findings’, at Gagosian Gallery, New York (2000).

The submerged gynaecologist’s office in ‘Love Lost’ houses shoals of African river fish whilst ‘Lost Love’, by way of contrast, holds large black carp. While the works deal with surrealism, they also contain a “hugely sexual element”, which Hirst describes as: “Pretty direct. There’s something really simple [about them]. If you’ve got a gynaecologist’s office under water with fish swimming about, then there’s something fishy going on.”[1]

[1] Damien Hirst and Gordon Burn, ‘On the Way to Work’ (Faber and Faber, 2001), 145