A display case of disposable medical objects, sharks floating in formaldehyde, a six-metre-long anatomical model and even the collages he created in school. Damien Hirst’s entire career, from the Eighties, during his time as a student, up to his becoming one of Great Britain’s most important contemporary artists a decade later, all to be seen in over 50 works on display at the Newport Street Gallery in End of a Century. “Art is about life and it can’t really be anything else,” said Hirst with absolute conviction. And the works in this exhibition, rarely on display all together, reinforce this idea and other themes dear to the artist from Bristol. During his career, the head of the group known as YBAs reflected on the complex relationship between beauty, science, religion, life and death. The itinerary of this first monographic exhibition in the spaces of his gallery, lined with installations, sculptures and paintings, show some of the most iconic series by Hirst, from Natural History to Spot Paintings, from Spin Paintings to Medicine Cabinets.
When Art is Adrenalin. In Orbit with Carsten Höller and Anish Kapoor
Climb up the highest sculpture in the United Kingdom and slide down the vertiginous tunnel of the Slide - it’s happening in the East End where the ArcelorMittal Orbit brings back the thrills of the 2012 Olympic Games.
The dining halls of the V&A are over 150 years old. Designed by stars of interior design of the 1800s, it transformed the experience of visiting the museum and was well ahead of its time in respect to the rest of the world.