As one of the most controversial and renowned artists of modern times Damien Hirst was always going to cause quite a stir when he announced he was bringing a large collection of his work to the Tate Modern on London’s south bank.
Situated on the Thames by Millennium Bridge the Tate cuts quite a commanding share of the London skyline. The building looks industrial and somewhat menacing and one could seldom think of a more appropriate venue in which to exhibit Hirst’s work.
For the Love of God
Until 24 June 2012 in the Turbine hall on the bottom floor of the gallery you can see arguably Hirst’s most iconic piece entitled ‘For the Love of God’ completely free.
‘For the Love of God’ is a sculpture which was produced in 2007. It consists of a platinum cast of a human skull encrusted with 8,601 flawless diamonds, including a pear-shaped pink diamond located in the forehead.
The sculpture is exhibited in a large black container. The container has no lighting inside other than three spotlights that shine on the skull and piece really comes alive in this setting.
On the second floor of the gallery is the main exhibition of Hirst’s work.
“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.”(The Tate Website)
The exhibition runs from 4 April – 9 September 2012. Tickets are priced at £14, concessions available.
For more information you can visit the Tate website here.