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Tate show The Dark Monarch
Poster for the Tate exhibition
The Dark Monarch: Magic and Modernity in British Art

Damien Hirst's 'unicorn' in a gold-plated vitrine of formaldehyde is on show at the Tate St Ives.

The piece titled, 'The Child's Dream' has never been displayed in the UK before.

It is also the first time a major Hirst piece has been shown in the South West, home to the artist.

The piece is expected to be one of the exhibition highlights in the group show,'The Dark Monarch: Magic and Modernity in British Art.

The Dark Monarch: Magic and Modernity in British Art takes its title from the infamous 1962 book by St Ives artist Sven Berlin.

Focusing on works from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present day the exhibition considers, in particular, the relationship they have to the geological landscape and explores the influence of mythology, mysticism and folklore in Britain and Cornwall.

The exhibition will examine the development of early Modernism, Surrealism and Neo-Romanticism in the UK.

Artist Jeremy Millar

The Dark Monarch will also include works by important modernists and surrealists including Barbara Hepworth, Graham Sutherland, Paul Nash, Henry Moore and Ithell Colquhoun; Neo-Romantics such as Cecil Collins, John Piper, Leslie Hurry and John Craxton.

Emerging and established contemporary artists include Cerith Wyn Evans, Mark Titchner, Eva Rothschild, Simon Periton, Clare Woods, Steven Claydon, John Stezeker and Derek Jarman.

Damien Hirst's wide-ranging practice, which includes installations, sculpture, painting and drawing, has sought to challenge the boundaries between art, science and popular culture. His vitrine pieces in particular, such as Mother and Child Divided 1993, recast fundamental questions concerning the meaning of life and the fragility of biological existence.


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