Artist Damien Hirst at Tate Modern | Tate

Damien Hirst takes us through his 2012 exhibition at Tate Modern with curator Ann Gallagher.

Damien Hirst first came to public attention in London in 1988 when he conceived and curated Freeze, an exhibition in a disused warehouse which showed his work and that of his friends and fellow students at Goldsmiths College. In the nearly quarter of a century since that pivotal show, Hirst has become one of the most influential artists of his generation.

This is the first substantial survey of his work in a British institution and brings together key works from over twenty years. The exhibition includes iconic sculptures from his Natural History series, including ‘The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living’ 1991, in which he suspended a shark in formaldehyde.

Also included are vitrines such as ‘A Thousand Years’ from 1990, medicine cabinets, pill cabinets and instrument cabinets in addition to seminal paintings made throughout his career using butterflies and flies as well as spots and spins. The two-part installation ‘In and Out of Love’, not shown in its entirety since its creation in 1991 and ‘Pharmacy’ 1992 are among the highlights of the exhibition.

Tate Modern presented the first major Damien Hirst exhibition in the UK, which ran from 4 April – 9 September 2012.

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