The Acquired Inability to Escape (Purified), 2008

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Damien Hirst

The Acquired Inability to Escape (Purified)


Glass, painted steel, silicone rubber, Formica, MDF, chair, ashtray, lighter and cigarettes

2135 x 3045 x 1980 mm | 84.1 x 119.9 x 78 in

Image: Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012

Exhibitions (2)

Solo Exhibition - 2013
ALRIWAQ, Qatar Museums Authority, Doha, Qatar
Solo Exhibition - 2009
PinchukArtCentre, Kiev, Ukraine


‘The Acquired Inability to Escape, Purified’ is a variation of Hirst’s earlier vitrine ‘The Acquired Inability to Escape’ (1991), in which the original work is completely whitewashed.