Damien Hirst: Artist Rooms

14 March 2009 – 8 November 2009
Solo Exhibition. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Installation view. Photographed by Daniel Hermann © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012

In 2008, Anthony d’Offay, with the support of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund and the Scottish and 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.

The ‘ARTIST ROOMS’ exhibition devoted to Hirst at the National Galleries of Scotland included five important works from the d’Offay collection, as well as loans from the artist. The works shown spanned 1991 to 2007. Important early works, ‘With Dead Head’ (1991) and the ‘Natural History’ piece ‘Away from the Flock’ (1994), were exhibited alongside a butterfly monochrome diptych created specifically for the collection: ‘Monument to the Living and the Dead’ (2006).