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.’