Alpine art: Gagosian Gstaad announces its arrival with a new show by Damien Hirst
Gagosian threw open the doors to its latest outpost on Valentine’s Day, setting up a permanent gallery in the alpine village of Gstaad in Switzerland.
Damien Hirst’s big-ticket show Mythos, Legends and Monsters inaugurates the space, which is located in the heart of Gstaad’s historic promenade. The never-exhibited series of oil paintings explores the ideas of notoriety, celebrity and the cult of personality, depicting figures such as David Bowie, Marilyn Monroe, Pablos Escobar, Malcolm X and Andy Warhol.
Remi Tessier – who just completed work on Gagosian’s recent Paris gallery space and gained fame for his bespoke yacht interiors – led the design of the ground floor gallery, which builds on a series of pop-up presentations staged around Gstaad since 2018 featuring works by Giuseppe Penone, Andreas Gursky, Marc Newson, and Ed Ruscha.
Every winter, Gstaad draws art collectors to its slopes to engage in skiing and winter sports. The opening of Gagosian Gstaad caters for this crowd while adding to a cache of galleries taking root in the region.