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Alastair Sooke talks to Damien Hirst about the ideas behind some of his most famous sculptures. Hirst explains that pieces like 'The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living' and 'For the Love of God' were designed to confront people with real fears. He describes how death in real life is a ‘dull fact’, but art can turn death into a 'celebration'.
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23 February 2011

Classroom Ideas

Could be used as an introduction to Damien Hirst or to develop an analytical and critical understanding of artists and their approaches. Could lead into a broader discussion on ‘what is art?’ or ‘can art be made by anyone other than the artist?’

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