~ Damien Hirst// Retrospective at The Tate Modern

'For the Love of God'
Damien Hirst has his first major retrospective at the Tate Modern, London & getting an opportunity to see the development of his work and experience some of his most well known pieces first hand was quite a spectacle. 
Damien is quite the showman, his pieces demand your attention either through sheer 'bling' as in 'For the Love of God' (2007) a skull encrusted in diamonds or shock as in his well known shark suspended in formaldehyde 'The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living' (1991).
In rooms 5&6 'In and Out of Love' where you get to experience live butterflies around you & in my case landing on you was one of the highlights. Truthfully, the standouts for me were his series of stainless steel medicine cabinets filled with pharmaceuticals 'Lullaby'.
The themes of life & death as well as beauty & horror are highlighted, dualities that are present in much of Damien's work. Interesting and thought provoking & on occassion beautiful exhibition.

'Judgement Day'
'Lullaby' the seasons
 Beauty and the inherent fragility of life as seen in his use of the butterflies.
'Sympathy in White Major - Absolution II'
'Life and death are the biggest polar opposites there are. I like love and I like hate...I like all those opposites. On and off. Happy and sad. In an artwork I always try to say something and deny it at the same time.'
'The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living'
Damien Hirst
Tate Modern