21 November 2013
Curated by Elena Geuna and originally exhibited at the Pinacoteca Agnelli, Turin, 'Freedom not Genius' features over fifty artists and spans five centuries. It will be presented by the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow (MAMM) from November 29th 2013 until 2nd February 2014.
Taking Picasso’s ‘Nature morte au crâne et au pot’ (1943) as its starting point, the exhibition includes the work of some of the twentieth century's most significant artists, including Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol and Bruce Nauman, alongside contemporaries of Hirst such as Tracy Emin and Sarah Lucas.
It also features a collection of sixteenth and seventeenth century skulls and objects of curiosity. Amassed since the early 90’s, when Hirst began trading work with his contemporaries, the exhibition reflects the artist’s life-long commitment to the process of collecting, something he describes as: “|ike stuff washed up on a beach somewhere, and that somewhere is you.” ‘Freedom not Genius’ also bears testiment to Hirst’s absorption with those themes explored so iconically within his own work: the struggle involved in reconciling the concept of our mortality in life, and a fascination with natural history.
Featured artists are Frank Auerbach, Francis Bacon, David Bailey, Banksy, John Bellany, Nick Bibby, Ashley Bickerton, Peter Blake, Don Brown, Mat Collishaw, John Currin, Tracey Emin, Faile (Patrick McNeil, Patrick Miller), Angus Fairhurst, Abigail Fallis, Paul Fryer, Alberto Giacometti, Steven Gregory, Richard Hamilton, Marcus Harvey, John Hoyland, Rachel Howard, Gary Hume, Paul Insect, John Isaacs, Michael Joo, Jonathan Kingdon, Jeff Koons, Jim Lambie, Sean Landers, Hyungkoo Lee, Sherrie Levine, Colin Lowe, Sarah Lucas, Rodrigo Moynihan, Vik Muniz, Takashi Murakami, Bruce Nauman, Gabriel Orozco, Pablo Picasso, Walter Potter, Richard Prince, Kurt Schwitters, Haim Steinbach, Keith Tyson, Fred Tomaselli, Andy Warhol, Rachel Whiteread, Olly & Suzi (Olly Williams and Suzi Winstanley), Cerith Wyn Evans.