6 November 2013
This project marks a collaboration between Damien Hirst, Miuccia Prada and Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani, chairperson of Qatar Museums Authority (QMA). It was launched to celebrate 'Relics', a major retrospective of the British artist's work held in QMA (ALRIWAQ DOHA, 10 October 2013 - 22 January 2014).
The two creative universes represented by Damien Hirst and Miuccia Prada first came together at the “Art/Fashion” exhibition, curated by Germano Celant and Ingrid Sischy in 1996 at Forte Belvedere, Florence and, the following year, at the Guggenheim Museum SoHo, New York. They have since developed an ongoing dialogue that transcends the boundaries of their respective disciplines.
The bags are currently on display in the “Prada Oasis” – a perfect Prada store in the desert, built inside a bayat shaar, a traditional tent made of sheep hair. The interior features a display of “Entomology”, a limited-production range of bags co-designed by Miuccia Prada and Damien Hirst. Taking one of Prada's most iconic shapes, the bag has a clear Plexiglas shell in which are assembled various wonders of the insect world selected by Hirst: the Campanotus giganteum, the Nephile pilipes, the Prosopocoilus occipitalis, the Eupholus cuvieri, and the Pachyrhyncus orbifer. The exterior is embellished with embroidered insects simulating the real ones inside, and each bag is named after a different species.
Proceeds from the sale of the “Entomology” bags will be donated to ROTA, Reach Out to Asia, a non-profit organisation headed by Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani. For more information
For more information please contact: Federica Zuccarini, QMA: +974 44028510 / firstname.lastname@example.org