Damien HirstThe Acquired Inability to Escape 1991

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Damien Hirst (born 1965)
The Acquired Inability to Escape
Date 1991
MediumGlass, steel, silicone rubber, Formica, fibreboard, chair, ashtray, lighter and cigarettes
Dimensionsobject: 2134 x 3048 x 2134 mm
Acquisition Presented by the artist 2007
Not on display


The Acquired Inability to Escape is a sculptural installation comprising an office table and chair enclosed in a vitrine or cell. Supported by heavy steel frames held in place by large bolts, the cell’s thick glass walls invite the viewer’s gaze while emphasizing the sealed condition of the space inside. The cell has two chambers, divided by a wall of glass, which is itself divided into two sections separated by a 45mm gap that allows the passage of air. The larger chamber is just big enough to contain the long rectangular desk and chair; the smaller is narrow and empty… (read more)

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