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“Damien Hirst” attracted over 460,000 visitors at Tate Modern.
David Franchi – 19th September 2012
“It is the most visited solo exhibition ever held at the gallery”
Damien Hirst exhibition has broken the records, at Tate Modern. Damien Hirst exhibition attracted 463,087 visitors, Tate Modern announced. It is the most visited solo exhibition ever held at the gallery.
The most visited exhibition Tate Modern has organized was “Matisse Picasso” (11 May – 18 August 2002, 467,166 visitors). After “Damien Hirst”, the third and fourth most popular were “Edward Hopper” (27 May – 5 September 2004, 429,909 visitors) and “Gauguin: Maker of Myth” (30 September 2010 – 16 January 2011, 420,686 visitors).
Open for over five months from 4th April to 9th September, “Damien Hirst” was seen by almost 3,000 visitors each day. The exhibition is an example of the longer running shows that Tate has introduced in recent years, which offer visitors a chance to see exhibitions across the spring and summer.
The exhibition was also part of the London 2012 Festival, the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad. However, the Tate Modern exhibition was held during the Olympic Games period which have probably increased the number of visitors. On the other hand, this terrible credit crunch moment does not encourage people to buy tickets.
This was the first substantial survey of Hirst’s work ever held in the UK. Sponsored by
the Qatar Museums Authority, it provided a unique journey through two decades of Hirst’s inventive practice. Major works on display included “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living”, in which a shark is suspended in formaldehyde, and “In and Out of Love”, a two-room installation involving live butterflies.
Together with the seventy pieces in the gallery, in the Turbine Hall the famous “For the Love of God” (2007) – a platinum cast of a human skull set with 8,601 diamonds – went on display for two months in a special viewing chamber. It was the first time the sculpture could be seen in the UK since its first exhibition in London, at White Cube (2007).
Chris Dercon, Director, Tate Modern said: “We are delighted that so many people came to see and discuss the Damien Hirst exhibition at Tate Modern. It was wonderful to see such iconic works brought together in one place and to offer our visitors a chance to experience them first-hand.”
From 4th April until 9th September 2012.
At Tate Modern, Southbank, London.