1 March 2012
Eight works Hirst works were donated by the Merla Foundation, founded by Dennis and Jytte Merla Dresing. The selection is taken from some of Hirst’s most important and recognisable series, including the butterfly monochrome paintings, spin paintings and ‘2-Amino-5-Bromobenzotrifluoridea’ (2011), a vast 47-foot spot painting.
In addition to the donations, two significant loans have been made to the museum for the year-long exhibition of the ‘Damien Hirst Room’: ‘Saint Bartholomew, Exquisite Pain’ (2006) – Hirst’s imagining of the martyred saint inspired by images he was shown as a child in a Catholic school; also showing is the ‘Natural History’ work ‘Love's Paradox (Surrender or Autonomy, Separateness as a Precondition for Connection.)’ (2007) – the front halves of two bisected cows displayed in glass and steel tanks of formaldehyde.