Damien Hirst at Tate Modern London

‘It’s about a civilization, the collapse of a civilization’ – Damien Hirst.

Opened yesterday at London’s Tate Modern, the new Damien Hirst exhibition is the first major UK show by the London-based artist. Regarded as one of the most important contemporary artist in the UK, this major retrospective examines two decades of work by the controversial Goldsmith graduate, spanning from the late eighties to the present day. Over 70 of pieces of art are shown at the Tate and include key installations, paintings and sculptures tackling profound issues such as religion, life/ death, belief and value systems- all key subjects for the infamous artist. A space full of live butterflies, a room kitted out as a pharmacy and of course, Hirst’s highly debated diamond encrusted platinum skull (claimed to have sold for a staggering 50 million GBP in 2008) are all on show at this fascinating exhibition, providing a captivating look into a contemporary artist mind as well as an enthralling reflection on modern culture. – Anna Jacobsen

Pharmacy (1992)

Sympathy in White Major – Absolution II (2006)

Mother and Child Divided

Beautiful, childish, expressive, tasteless, not art, over simplistic, throw away…(1996)

A Thousand Years (1990)

For the Love of God (2007)

Damien Hirst
Tate Modern
Bankside SE1 9TG/ 44 (0)20 7887 8888
London

Through September 9th, 2012

Images courtesy of Tate Modern

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