Damien Hirst, ‘Legend’, 2016, Other Criteria

Myth and Legend are currently on available as a set, priced at $80,000 USD​.

Signature: Each is signed, numbered and has the Nymphenburg makers mark.

Manufacturer: Nymphenburg Porcelain

Hirst’s Myth and Legend–a unicorn and a winged horse– recreate the artist’s bronze sculptures of the same titles, in porcelain. An anatomical cross-section of the creatures reveals the flesh and musculature of a horse beneath the skin. Handcrafted by the renowned Nymphenburg Porcelain Makers in Munich, these editions continue Hirst’s examination of the areas of intersection between science, religion and belief. He explains: “In a way, science brings religion down to earth and to cut open mythical creatures and expose them as no different to mortal horses is somehow still magical. It’s kind of like exploding a myth to make it real. I like the way that even by showing these creatures’ insides they still feel majestic and hopeful, so they seem more real and not just creatures from fantasy. Maybe they can even help us in the real world.”

About Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst first came to public attention in London in 1988 when he conceived and curated "Freeze," an exhibition in a disused warehouse that showed his work and that of his friends and fellow students at Goldsmiths College. In the nearly quarter of a century since that pivotal show (which would come to define the Young British Artists), Hirst has become one of the most influential artists of his generation. His groundbreaking works include The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (1991), a shark in formaldehyde; Mother and Child Divided (1993) a four-part sculpture of a bisected cow and calf; and For the Love of God (2007), a human skull studded with 8,601 diamonds. In addition to his installations and sculptures, Hirst’s Spot paintings and Butterfly paintings have become universally recognized.

British, b. 1965, Bristol, United Kingdom, based in London, United Kingdom