The Incomplete Truth, 2006



The Incomplete Truth
2220 x 1760 x 740 mm | 87.4 x 69.3 x 29.1 in | Edition 1 of 3 + 1 AP + 1 HC
Glass, painted aluminium, silicone, acrylic, stainless steel, dove and formaldehyde solution
Image: Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012


Solo Exhibition - 2012
Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom
Solo Exhibition - 2007
White Cube, Hoxton Square and Mason’s Yard, London, United Kingdom


‘The Incomplete Truth’ was first exhibited at ‘Beyond Belief’, a major solo show of new Hirst works held across both White Cube Hoxton Square and Mason’s Yard, London, in 2007. The formaldehyde-preserved dove encapsulates a central concern of the ‘Natural History’ works: “That failure of trying so hard to do something that you destroy the thing that you’re trying to preserve”.[1]

The work is similar to another formaldehyde work ‘The Inescapable Truth’ (2005), in which a human skull is positioned at the base of a tank directly beneath the suspended body of the bird.

[1] Damien Hirst cited in Damien Hirst, ‘I Want to Spend the Rest of My Life Everywhere, with Everyone, One to One, Always, Forever, Now’ (Booth-Clibborn Editions; Reduced edition, 2005), 296