Monday, 2 April 2012

Damien Hirst @ Tate Modern 4 April - 9 Sept 2012! Xx

So this morning we went to the Press View of the 
Excellent Retrospectiveof Damien Hirst 
which starts on Wednesday 4 April
and runs all the way through to 9 September 2012.

It is a journey through two decades of Hirst's inventive practice. 
It also forms part of the London 2012 Festival, 
the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad.

The Exhibition brings together over seventy of the artist's works starting with
works he created when he first came to the public attention 
in 1988 during Freeze
an exhibition he conceived and curated together
with friends and fellow Goldsmiths College Students.

Key Sculptures are included from the early 1990s 
including the shark suspended in formaldehyde -
The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living,
A four part sculpture of a bisected cow and calf -
Mother and Child Divided and
A Thousand Years 1990
where the cycle of life is represent by a cows head, 
flies and a insect-o-cutor.
Alongside these sculptures are cabinets displaying rows of pills, 
medical packaging and surgical implements, 
as well as paintings made 
throughout Hirst's career from
his spot, spin, butterfly and fly series.

There are two major installations:
In and Out of Love 1991 which includes a room full of 
live butterflies
and has not been shown in its entirety since its creation
and Pharmacy 1992

Damien Hirst's For the Love of God 2007
is presented as a free display
in the Turbine Hall 
from 4 April - 24 June 2012

It is a life Sized Platinum Cast of an eighteenth century human skull
covered by 8,601 flawless diamonds, 
inset with the original skull's teeth.  
At the front of the cranium is a 52.4 carat pink diamond.

For the Love of God represents the artists 
continued interest in mortality and notions of value. 

Damien Hirst said:
"We have been planning this show for so long I can't believe it's finally happening -
I think I was avoiding looking back but now I've done it it's exciting! 
It's nearly twenty-five years of my life.  
There is something for everyone and I'm glad people will 
get the opportunity to see the work and judge for themselves"

                               The Exhibition is Curated by Ann Gallagher, 

                                    Head of Collections (British Art), Tate
                             with Hansi Momodu, Assistant Curator, Tate Modern
Coordinated by Sophie McKinlay Project Manager, Tate Modern

Interviewing the Curator Ann Gallagher

Sir Nicholas Serota
Director of Tate

So let's take a look around the show - we absolutely loved it
and like Damien Hirst says it really is the first time you get the opportunity
to see all of his works together - it is an amazing collection with an truly
fabulous energy about it.  We should be very proud that we have the
Restropective of this very important British Artist
as part of our London 2012 Festival and Cultural Olympiad.

Boxes 1988 and What Goes Up Must Come Down 1994
Pans 1987 and With Dead Head 1991

Lullaby the Seasons, Spring 2002

 A Thousand Years 1990

Away from the Flock 1994

Above: The Butterfly Paintings

The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living

Sunhee Choi from Joongang Sunday, South Korea

Above: The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living

Mother and Child Divided

The Anatomy of An Angel 2008 and 
Doorways to the Kingdom of Heaven 2007

Beautiful, childish, expressive, tasteless, not art, over simplistic, throw away, kids' stuff, lacking integrity, rotating, nothing but visual candy, celebrating, sensational, inarguably beautiful painting(for over the sofa) 1996 (Left)
Loving in a World of Desire 1996 (Centre)
Beautiful, amore, gasp, eyes going into the top of head and fluttering painting 1997 (right)

 Above: Pharmacy 1992

Above: In and out of Love 1991

Sponsored by the Qatar Museums Authority
Admission £14.00 (12.20 concessions)
or £15.50 (13.50 concessions) with Gift Aid donation
Open Every Day from 10.00-18.00 and 
late until 22.00 on Friday to Sunday
For public information and tickets 
020 7887 8888

There is also a fantastic Catalogue available
to accompany the Exhibition

We also like the rather Canaletto like views from the 7th floor cafe 
of St Pauls
and the millennium bridge

Until next time J Xx

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