hong kong: for the love of god

© i.t - a priceless glittering skull on display

hong kong retailer i.t hosts an exhibition by british artist damien hirst. the exhibition opens today at the i.t hysan one flagship and features for the love of god, the artist's much-publicized work that's actually no more than an 18th century human skull encrusted with 8,601 diamonds. this piece blends arts, history, religion and precious stones to remind humankind that life and death inextricably intertwined and our ultimate destiny, and aims to provoke introspection. one of the planet's most successful artists, hirst spent about gbp 13.2 million on this piece but sold it for gbp 50 million in 2008. the showcase of the glittering skull is complemented by a series of other works by hirst, in addition to a selction of merchandise that depicts his work [on through nov 22]. location: 1 hysan avenue [causeway bay].

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