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From 4 April to 9 September the Tate Modern in London will be host to a retrospective exhibition of the work of Damien Hirst over the last 22 years.
The exhibit consists of 73 works and features his best-known conceptual art. Among some of the most engaging, yet also controversial of his pieces will be on display for a five month period.
Death is a recurrent theme in Hirst's works and the most iconic of his installations include preserved dead animals. The famous shark suspended in formaldehyde entitled 'The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living' from 1991 is certainly not the only one. Also at the exhibition will be 'Away from the Flock', a dead white sheep suspended in a tank, and 'Mother and child Divided', a cow and a calf split between four tanks.
Another installation, named 'In and Out of Love', consists of two rooms, one in which live butterflies hatch from pupae embedded in white paintings, and another room where dead butterflies are pressed onto surfaces of brightly coloured canvasses. 'For the Love of God' from 2007 will also be on show and is a diamond encrusted skull, featuring real human teeth and over 8,000 diamonds.
Turner-prize winning Hirst will undoubtedly be remembered for generations to come. As an artist who dominated the art scene in Britain during the 1990s, he blurred the lines between the sacred and the profane. Undoubtedly worth a visit, the exhibition forms part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
£14 (£12.20 concessions)
Free for Tate Members
You can book your tickets onlineor call 020 7887 8888.
Sunday to Thursday, 10.00-18.00. Friday and Saturday, 10.00-22.00. Last admission into exhibitions 17.15 (Friday and Saturday 21.15).
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