New Religion is an exhibition by one of the world’s most significant contemporary artists, which was presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Republic of Srpska in Banja Luka from 17 March – 27 May 2016. More then 25.000 people visited the exhibition.
This exhibition explored the complex relationship between mortality and faith, and the fascination with science and technology; themes central to Damien Hirst’s longstanding career as a thought-provoking and at times controversial artist. The forty-four silkscreen prints, and four sculptures that make up New Religion work like a fresco cycle – moving from the Creation of the World, through the Stations of the Cross and towards the Last Judgement. The prints surround an altarpiece with a cedar cross studded with gem-like pills, a child’s skull, a large carved marble pill, and a heart wrapped in barbed wire and pierced by needles and razor blades. Hirst’s vision is a marriage of the sacred and the profane, a contemplation of the fragility of life and the quest for longevity.