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Hirst donates four works to Tate
Damien Hirst
Mother and Child, Divided is one of the works donated
Damien Hirst has donated four of his major works to the Tate galleries.

The donations include a replica of his Turner Prize-winning cut-up cows in tanks of formaldehyde.

"It means a lot to me to have works in the Tate. I would have never thought it possible when I was a student," the artist said.

The donation is the first of a series that Hirst, 42, plans to make to the national British art collection as part of a pledge he made in 2004.

"I've been in negotiations with the Tate for a few years to make sure they get the right pieces to represent me properly," Hirst said.

"I think giving works from my collection is a small thing if it means millions of people get to see the work displayed in a great space."


Hirst's other donations include The Acquired Inability to Escape, a glass cabinet containing a chair and desk with a used ashtray on it; Life Without You, an arrangement of sea shells on a table, and Who is Afraid of the Dark?, a canvas covered in dead flies.

Tate director Nicholas Serota said donations from artists such as Hirst were crucial to keep the museum's collection current amid soaring art prices.

"With such a limited budget for acquisitions, and when art market prices are high, Tate is indebted to international contemporary artists such as Damien Hirst for working with us on building the collection," he said.

Hirst's original Mother and Child, Divided is held by the Astrup Fearnley Museum in Oslo.

The works can be displayed in Tate Modern or Tate Britain, both in London, or the museum's galleries in Liverpool or Cornwall.

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