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PHOTO: Damien Hirst’s Hymn comes to Qatar

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This statue popped up on the Corniche today near the Museum of Islamic Art.

Its appearance has caused some passersby to scratch their heads this morning, trying to figure out what he’s doing in Qatar. But no, it’s not an anti-smoking campaign, or this:

The painted bronze sculpture – which is nearly six meters (~20 feet) tall – is a Damien Hirst original, and has been placed near the Al Riwaq exhibition hall ahead of the artist’s largest Middle East display, which opens here on Oct. 10.

Hymn, which was bought by British businessman and collector Charles Saatchi for £1 million, has previously been displayed outside the Tate Modern in London.

Speaking to Doha News this morning, Kimberly French, QMA’s chief marketing officer said:

“It’s a temporary installation, part of the Relics Exhibition. It gives you a hint to what you’re going to find inside.”

Thoughts?

Credit: Photo by Ian Edelman on Twitter

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