18 December 2013
Taking Picasso’s ‘Nature morte au crâne et au pot’ (1943) as its starting point, 'Freedom not Genius' 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.
The exhibition is curated by Elena Geuna and was originally exhibited at the Pinacoteca Agnelli, Turin. The featured artists are: Francis Bacon, Don Brown, John Currin, Frank Auerbach, David Bailey, Banksy, John Bellamy, Nick Bibby, Ashley Bickerton, Peter Blake, Mat Collishaw, Tracy Emin, Falle, Angus Fairhurst, Abigail Fallis, Paul Fryer, Alberto Giacometti, Steven Gregory, Richard Hamilton, Marcus Harvey, Rachel Howard, John Hoyland, Gary Hume, Paul Insect, John Isaacs, Michael Joo, Jonathan Kingdom, Jeff Koons, Jim Lambie, Sean Landers, Hyungkoo Lee, Sherrie Levine, Colin Lowe, Sarah Lucas, Mario Merz, Rodrigo Moynihan, Vik Muniz, Takashi Murakami, Bruce Nauman, Olly and Suzi, Gabriel Orozco, Pablo Picasso, Walter Potter, Richard Prince, Kurt Schwitters, Haim Steinbach, Fred Tomaselli, Keith Tyson, Andry Warhol, Rachel Whiteread, Cerith Wyn Evans.
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