Damien Hirst’s work celebrated at Tate Modern

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In 2012, the Tate Modern gallery in London will present the first substantial retrospective of Damien Hirst’s work ever held in the UK. Hirst is widely regarded as one of the most radical artists of the 20th and 21st Centuries, and has created some of the most iconic works in recent history.

Some critics and public alike find his commentary on modern day’s addiction to pharmaceuticals, and the explicit treatment of animals as art (eg: cattle heads floating in formaldehyde) distasteful. Others critique the shock factor and wonder is it all really that outrageous (eg: what’s the bid deal about presenting hundreds of coloured pills on glass shelving?).

Sponsored by the Qatar Museums Authority, the exhibition will provide a journey through two decades of Hirst’s inventive practice. It will also form part of the London 2012 Festival, the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad. So if you’re in London for the Olympic Games, do pop into the Tate to marvel all that is out-there by Damien Hirst.

Damien Hirst retrospective is at the Tate Modern, London from April 4 to September 9, 2012.

Pictured: Lullaby, The Seasons, Spring 2002
Steel, glass and pills
Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates
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