QMA sponsored Damien Hirst show at Tate Modern
The first substantial survey of world-renowned British artist Damien Hirst ever held in the UK opens to the public tomorrow at Tate Modern in London. The exhibition which is sponsored by Qatar Museums Authority provides a journey through two decades of Hirst’s inventive practice and will be on show until 9 September 2012.
Damien Hirst first came to public attention in London in 1988 when he conceived and curated Freeze, an exhibition of his work and that of his friends and fellow Goldsmiths College students, staged in a disused London warehouse. In nearly a quarter of a century since then, Hirst has gone on to become one of the most influential artists of his generation.
On the occasion of the opening of Damien Hirst at Tate Modern, Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad Al Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums Authority stated: “We were therefore delighted to be asked by Damien Hirst to support this show at Tate Modern. Hirst’s work represents a defining moment in British art, and to be associated with this event goes to the heart of Qatar Museums Authority’s mission of building bridges of hope, understanding and friendship.”
Qatar Museums Authority is also planning to organize an exhibition by Damien Hirst in Autumn 2013 at ALRIWAQ Exhibition Space.
Damien Hirst was born in 1965 in Bristol, UK. He is one of the most prominent artists to have emerged from the British art scene in the 1990s. Hirst’s expoloration of imagery is notable for its strong association to life and death, and to belief and value systems.