Exhibitions: Damien Hirst: Artist Rooms
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8 May 2011 –
27 March 2011
In 2008, Anthony d’Offay, with the support of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund and the Scottish and British UK Governments, gifted a large collection of contemporary art jointly to Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland. The collection as a whole is known as ‘ARTIST ROOMS’, with individual ‘Rooms’ being devoted to specific artists.
‘With Dead Head’ (1991). Photographed by André Morin-Le-Jeune © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012
The touring ‘ARTIST ROOMS’ exhibition devoted to Hirst, previously shown at the National Galleries of Scotland, included five important Hirst pieces from the d’Offay collection, as well as loans from the artist. Important early works, ‘With Dead Head’ (1991) and the ‘Natural History’ piece ‘Away from the Flock’ (1994), were exhibited alongside a monochrome butterfly diptych created specifically for the collection: ‘Monument to the Living and the Dead’ (2006).