Damien Hirst Builds Private Museum
London -- Last week, the Turner Prize winning artist Damien Hirst has received planning permission to build a town in Devon, thus continuing his quest for world domination. He has now announced that he will be putting his personal art collection on display in his own private museum in Lambeth, South London, in 2015.
Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network will soon visit the personal art collection of Damien Hirst.
The gallery, which dominates an entire street, is currently being designed by the architects Caruso St John who renovated Tate Britain.
The three listed warehouses will be combined to create 'The Newport Street Gallery' located on Lambeth street, a spokesperson for Science Ltd, Hirst's in-house company said; "The gallery will open in"May or June 2015".
The new gallery will exhibit Hirst's massive art collection which contains over 2,000 works of art including Francis Bacon’s ‘Study for a figure at the Base of a Crucifixion’, Andy Warhol’s ‘Electric Chair’, Pablo Picasso’s ‘Nature morte au crane’. Murderme, Jeff Koons sculpture and pieces by the Bristol born graffiti artist Banksy.
Damien Hirst's art collection has been valued in excess of £200m and will open to the public free of charge.
Hirst has called the gallery "my Saatchi Gallery" adding "It's a place to show my collection of contemporary art. It feels bad having it all in crates." The plans include space for six exhibitions, a shop (of course) , a restaurant and office space for Hirst and his vast company interests.
Important Artist; Formidable Collector
Damien Hirst is a landmark figure in the world of contemporary art. Some admire him and considered the most influential master of contemporary art; others treat him with contempt and even deny him the right to be called an artist.
At some point, Damien Hirst began collecting works by modern artists. He confides that he wanted to “get into the heads” of collectors, who buy his works, and understand what they were feeling.
“I had already earned a little money at the moment, but many of my friends-artists remained penniless and were constantly borrowing,” Damien Hirst says.
“I was reluctant to lend money to friends: I was not sure that they would manage to pay me back, and I was afraid that it will affect our relations.
"One day it occurred to me that it was possible to simply buy their works - I could afford it. So, I started buying works of art from my friends.”
With time, his collection became quite large, and an idea to show it to audiences worldwide arose. This is a new, interesting way of trying to understand the view of the world of an artist-collector, because Damien Hirst likes artists, who share his excitement and passion, and his collection is called “very personal”.
Hirst remembers and loves telling stories about his paintings and sculptures and he feels guilty, because general public cannot see masterpieces belonging to him.
"I want to give people an opportunity to admire them. Then art will be alive. It is always more pleasing, when a picture is hanging on a wall, where people can view it, than when it lies somewhere in a box,” Damien Hirst says.