Hymn 1999 - 2005
Taken at the Damien Hirst retrospective at Tate Modern, May 2012.
For the Love of God, Damien Hirst’s diamond-encrusted skull, has already become one of the most talked about works of art in recent years, but what was the inspiration behind it? With a major retrospective of his work currently on show at Tate Modern, Hirst reveals its Mexican roots…
Damien Hirst skull to display in Turbine
A £50m Damien Hirst diamond-encrusted skull will be shown in Turbine Hall to accompany a Tate Modern retrospective of his work from 4 April.
For the Love of God will be displayed until 24 June.
The exhibition, featuring his “pickled shark”, runs from 4 April to September.
Tate said the skull, appearing for the first time in a UK public gallery, may be viewed “alternatively as a glorious, devotional, defiant or provocative gesture in the face of death itself”.
The work, which will be housed in a viewing room in the east end of the Turbine Hall, was sold to an investment group in 2007 with Hirst retaining part-ownership.
He has described For the Love of God, the platinum cast of a 35-year-old 18th century European man covered in 8,601 jewels, as an “uplifting” piece that “takes your breath away”.
Words cannot describe how excited I am to see this! WOOT!