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How Hirst got his bite back

How Hirst got his bite back | Art And Architecture | Arts | Telegraph
Of all the unforgettable, dramatic and provocative artworks that emerged in British art’s 1990s boom, Damien Hirst’s The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living – his vitrine featuring a 13ft tiger shark in formaldehyde – is perhaps the most iconic.


Damien Hirst, Shark
The original shark started to rot soon after it was put on display

But soon after making its first, spectacular impact, Britart’s big fish began seriously to decay. For years the shark’s decline was almost as much of a talking point as the work’s initial, startling entry into the world. But now, Hirst has had the chance to replace it, and at the Kunsthaus in Bregenz, Austria, this new or, as the gallery puts it, “reloaded” version – significantly different from the original – is on view for the first time.

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