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article imageDamien Hirst to open his first art gallery

By Tim Sandle     Mar 12, 2012 in Entertainment
London - Damien Hirst, one of the most collectable of the modern artists, is to open a public gallery in south London. The gallery will house his personal art collection. The gallery is scheduled to open in 2014.
The artist Damien Hirst, whose works fetch millions of dollars, is to open his first art gallery. The gallery is scheduled to open in 2014 and it will consist of six galleries and a cafe.
In an interview with The Observer, Hirst said that he drew inspiration from Charles Saatchi's gallery of modern art: "It's my Saatchi gallery, basically... it's a place to show my collection of contemporary art. It feels bad having it all in crates."
According to The Daily Telegraph, Hirst's contemporary gallery will be located in Newport Street, Vauxhall (which is in south London) and will be designed by architects Caruso St John. The gallery will contain some of Hirst's own works, although it will largely feature Hirst's own collection. In terms of how "contemporary" the exhibition will be, Hirst has indicated that it will begin with the works of Francis Bacon.
Damien Hirst was born in 1965. He was part of a group called the "Yong British Artists" and came to fame during the 1990s. His most famous works are those involving dead animals preserved in formaldehyde.
For those wishing to reacquaint themselves with the works of Damien Hirst, London's Tate Modern will host an exhibition of his work from 4 April to 9 September. The exhibition will include his £50 million diamond-encrusted skull (an exhibit called "For the Love of God"). The work consists of 8,601 pave-set diamonds weighing 1,106.18 carats.
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