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Damien Hirst - Tate Modern

Damien Hirst. The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, 1991. © Damien Hirst.

DAMIEN Hirst, a major retrospective of the artist’s work, is on display at Tate Modern until September 9, 2012.

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. Since then, 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.

Tickets: £14, concessions available. Due to demand, booking is highly recommended.

To complement the exhibition, Damien Hirst’s diamond-covered skull, For the Love of God 2007, is on show in a purpose-built room in the Turbine Hall until June 24, 2012.

Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG