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- Damien Hirst at The Tate Modern
Approx. 18 minutes total journey time from Russell Square underground station. Take the Piccadilly line to Green Park underground station. Change here for the Jubilee line to Southwark underground station. The Tate Modern is less than 10 minutes walk from the station.
English artist Damien Hirst has brought together key pieces of work from over twenty years in a spectacular exhibition at the Tate Modern gallery this spring. This is the first substantial survey of work by the award winning artist in a British institution. Highlights of the exhibition include 'The Pharmacy', a life size pharmaceutical room covered with wall-to-wall medicine cabinets, stocked with empty pill packaging, 'For the Love of God', a platinum cast of a human skull encrusted with 8,601 flawless diamonds, and seminal paintings made throughout his career using butterflies and flies as well as spots and spins.
Also on show is doubtlessly Hirst's most famous piece from his Natural History series, 'The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living' which features a 14 foot tiger shark suspended in formaldehyde inside a glass tank.
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. In the nearly quarter of a century since that pivotal show, Hirst has become one of the most influential artists of his generation.
With the assembling of such contraversial pieces all in one space, this is certainly an extraordinary show.
4th April 2012 - 9th September 2012
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Summer Street, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
Tickets from £14
Nearest tube station: Southwark (approx. 600 metres)