Damien Hirst donates art to Tate

Damien Hirst to donate 30 pieces of work to the Tate

Damien Hirst has donated four of his most famous pieces of work to the Tate, in a scheme that will see him hand over 30 pieces in total to the gallery.

Yesterday Hirst commented on the gift, saying ‘It means a lot to me to have works in the Tate. I would have never thought it possible when I was a student. I think giving works from my collection is a small thing if it means millions of people get to see the work displayed in a great space.’

This is the first occasion that the celebrated artist has given pieces of his work to a museum. The thirty pieces will see him buy back his art from dealers including Charles Saatchi and other gallerists.

The initial four pieces are, The Acquired Inability to Escape, a piece from his first solo exhibition in 1992, Life Without You which features seashells arranged on a desk from 1991, a work called Who is Afraid of the Dark? from a series of canvases covered in dead flys, and a version of his 1995 Turner Prize winning installation, Mother and Child Divided, a bisected cow and calf.

Director of the Tate, Nicholas Serota, commented: ‘With such a limited budget for acquisitions, and when art market prices are high, Tate is indebted to international contemporary artists such as Damien Hirst for working with us on building the collection.’

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