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Tate Modern to host Hirst retrospective

  • Date: 25 November 2011
  • Area: National
human skull covered in crystals

Damien Hirst's diamond-encrusted human skull is to go on display in Britain for the first time since it was unveiled four years ago. Credit: Damien Hirst/Prudence Cuming Ass/PA

Tate Modern is to display Damien Hirst's famous diamond-studded skull as part of a major retrospective of the artist's career in April next year.

It will be the first time since 2007 that the piece, entitled For The Love Of God and encrusted with 8,601 diamonds, will be shown in a public gallery in the UK.

It will be presented in a special room at the museum for the first three months of the retrospective.

The exhibition will include around 70 of the Bristol-born artist's works, among them his early butterfly installation In And Out Of Love (1991) and a room-sized medicine installation called Pharmacy (1992).

The retrospective will be on display at Tate Modern from 4 April to 9 September next year. It is sponsored by the Qatar Museums Authority.