Imagine there is no Hell

Jake and Dinos Chapman's Hell, detail, image: a 10,000sf warehouse of Momart, the leading art handler/storage company in the UK, burned to the ground yesterday, taking an as-yet unknown number of major Brit Art works with it. The Guardian has some speculative details on what burned, including Jake and Dinos Chapman's massive installation, Hell, but there's still a lot that's not known.

If Charles Saatchi believed in karma, this would be devastating to him right now. But unless he's actively trying to come back as a worm, he doesn't so, never mind. [via MAN]

Update: I've rewritten the title for this post half a dozen times. My initial impulse of shock still stands, but the close second--schadenfreude over Saatchi's misfortune--is untenable. It really is--sorry, Charlie--not about you. Jonathan Jones visits the site an reflects on the ashes of Hell.

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