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DAMIEN HIRST: FALLING IN AND OUT OF LOVE

19.04.12

The greatest showman on earth has come to town and he brings all his tricks and dissected animals with him. The first major retrospective of the most well known Young British Artist Damien Hirst, at Tate Modern, includes all the big hitters from the past 20+ years, from the famous shark suspended in formaldehyde, The Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (1991), to the dissected cows Mother and Child Divided (1993). In addition, For the Love of God (2007), platinum cast of a human skull encrusted with 8601 flawless diamonds (above) looms in the darkened forum of the Turbine Hall. This exhibition also includes the installation In and Out of Love (1991), in which part of the main gallery is filled with live tropical butterflies feeding on decaying fruit. Showcasing a major retrospective at The Tate Modern is a privilege for only a few and the foremost provider of elaborate discussion pieces to the wealthy elect is confirmation of his ability to traverse the art world since his almost mythical rise to fame in the 1988 freeze exhibition. If you have £14 and time on your hands its worth the examination because this exhibition tries to makes some sense of Hirst as an artist… Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TC