Glass, stainless steel, steel, aluminium, nickel, bismuth and cast resin, coloured plaster and painted pills with dry transfers

236.2 × 469.9 × 10.2 cm (93 × 185 × 4 in.)

Damien Hirst created his first steel pill cabinet in 1999: a large, wall-mounted closet made of polished steel, lined with a mirror, its shelves lined with thousands of pills. The pills are made of cast resin and plaster, then painted by hand, emphasizing their esthetic appeal, since their medical use is null. In this work, Hirst suggests that the power of the pharmaceutical industry lies in our blind faith in science’s ability to cure all ills. The formal organization of the medicine chest evokes cabinets of curiosities from the Victorian era.

Born in Bristol in 1965, Damien Hirst studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths College of Art in London, where he lives and works today. In the late 1980s, as both an artist and a curator, Hirst played a key role in bringing together the Young British Artists, or YBAs.

Infinity was first shown by the Pinault Collection in 2006 at the Where Are We Going? exhibition at Palazzo Grassi, in Venice.
Damien Hirst's other artwork