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Larry Gagosian hands the keys to his Britannia street space to Damien Hirst for 12 months.

Larry Gagosian and Damien Hirst at one of his exhibitions at the Gagosian gallery in Beverly Hills

Gagosian has handed the reins of its space in London’s Britannia Street to Damien Hirst for a 12 months reports the FT.

Damien Hirst plans in-depth shows of different types of work, starting with his lesser-known, hyper-realistic “Fact” series of paintings and sculptures.

Damien Hirst Phoebis sennae 2009 – 2010 1372 x 914 mm | 54 x 36 in Oil on canvas Fact Paintings Image: Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2013

The works span from 2005 to 2019 and many are on loan, rather than for sale. These include a 2008 painting from the collection of the painter and Young British Artist tutor Michael Craig-Martin that shows him holding Hirst’s infamous diamond-encrusted skull. Other works on show will be a 2009 large-scale painting of a butterfly on purple grapes, recreated shelves of Persil washing products from 2015 and a more recent painting that shows the 2019 fire at Notre-Dame de Paris. The exhibition is being installed this week, but its exact opening date will depend on when the UK government eases lockdown restrictions.

Normally, a gallery would rotate its artists every six weeks.

“We need to do things differently at an altered time. It’s a definite takeover,”

says Gagosian director Millicent Wilner.

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