Caruso St John Architects

2013–2014
Location: Doha, QA
Client: Qatar Museums Authority
Project Status: Exhibition Design

Caruso St John designed the installation of the Damien Hirst exhibition “Relics” at the Quatar Museums Authority exhibition space in Doha. The retrospective show of Damien Hirst’s work, which was open in the autumn and spring 2013/14, was a larger version of that first shown at Tate Modern in 2012, and contained many of his most famous works. A suite of very large gallery spaces, with walls of 6m to 8m in height, was constructed within the air conditioned building shell, in a connected suite of rooms resembling the layout of a palace. Translucent leylights gave the impression of very brightly daylit rooms. The two diamond skulls were installed in the centre of the show in a huge circular room. The exhibition was a rare opportunity to construct galleries of immense scale, of proportions designed specifically for the works.