The Astrup Fearnley Collection

Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, Norway
http://afmuseet.no

The newly reopened Astrup Fearnley contains a collection of seminal Hirst works in a specifically designed wing, including the iconic ‘Natural History’ work ‘Mother and Child (Divided)’.

‘Mother and Child (Divided)’ (1993). Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012

Astrup Fearnley’s newly reopened building in Tjuvholmen was designed by Renzo Piano. The museum will house works amassed over the last thirty years by the Astrup Fearnley Collection, displayed in distinctive rooms characterised by the sail-form roof of the structure.

Included in a specially built wing will be a selection of works from across Hirst’s most iconic series, including ‘Mother and Child (Divided)’ (1993), originally exhibited by Hirst at the '93 Venice Biennale and subsequently included in the 1995 Turner Prize exhibition, following Hirst's acceptance of the award. Also on display at Astrup Fearnley is another major ‘Natural History’ work ‘God Alone Knows’ (2007) – Hirst’s reimagining of the crucifixion scene in which the three figures are represented by flayed sheep carcasses. The varied collection also includes: a butterfly monochrome, fly painting, ‘Kaleidoscope’, a work from the ‘Biopsy’ series and a spin and spot painting. In addition are the ‘Apostles’ cabinet ‘The Martyrdom of Saint Peter’ (2003), and the vitrine work ‘Adam and Eve Exposed’ (2004).

Whilst they will remain on permanent display, the collection of Hirst pieces initially form part of the new building’s inaugural exhibition, ‘To Be With Art Is All We Ask’. On show from 29th September 2012 to 31st January 2013, the exhibition includes work from Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman, Jeff Koons, Huang Young Ping, Félix González-Torres, Nate Lowman and Shilpa Gupta amongst others.