One of the most controversial and divisive art world figures, Damien Hirst, is set to cause a stir in the world of curating next year when he opens his first museum in London. Best known for his vitrines of animals preserved in formaldehyde and his clinically precise spot paintings, the former YBA is converting a building spanning the length of an entire street in Vauxhall, South London.
The new space which is being transformed from a former theatre and scenery production workshop has been designed by Caruso St John architects, who were also the team behind the recent redevelopment of the Tate Britain. The currently unnamed complex will comprise of six separate galleries and a restaurant. The Museum had been scheduled to open later this year but will take longer to complete. A spokeswoman for Hirst’s Science Ltd Company says it now due to be ready “in May or June” next year.
Back in 2012 Damien Hirst initially announced his plans for the venture as a means to share his own personal art collection with the public. His private collection known as 'Murderme', consists of over 2000 pieces spanning generations of international artists including: Francis Bacon’s ‘Study for a figure at the Base of a Crucifixion’, Andy Warhol’s ‘Electric Chair’ and Pablo Picasso’s ‘Nature morte au crane’. Murderme, which has been valued in excess of £100m, gives a fascinating insight into Hirst’s own personal interests and tastes.