Damien Hirst - Damien Hirst Retrospective Breaks Tate Modern Record

The Damien Hirst Retrospective exhibition, held at The Tate Modern has become the most visited solo exhibition at the London gallery, reports The BBC. It has also become the second most visited exhibition by any artist. "We are delighted that so many people came to see and discuss the Damien Hirst exhibition at Tate Modern,” said Chris Dercon, the gallery's director. “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." Hirst had 463,087 visitors for the first substantial survey of his work, spanning 20 years of his career. It also featured In and Out of Love, a two-room installation involving live butterflies and his diamond skull, titled For The Love Of God. With non-concession tickets standing at £14 each, it is estimated to have made £6 million for the gallery. The retrospective was open to the public from 4 April to 9 September as part of the London 2012 Festival, which represented a busy period for the capital, with the Olympics being run simultaneously. Hirst’s controversial style has moved him to the heights of modern art, and his recent exhibition breaks the previous record set in 2004 by the Edward Hopper retrospective (429,909 visitors). It was more popular than last year’s Gauguin: Maker of Myth (420,686) and previous blockbuster shows by Frida Kahlo and Mark Rothko.


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