Damien Hirst’s gallery to open in 2014

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“Damien Hirst’s public gallery in south London, which is being developed to display his personal art collection, will open in 2014, the artist has said,” the BBC reports.

“He told the Observer the project, which has been years in the planning, would include six galleries and a cafe.

“It’s my Saatchi gallery, basically,” he said. Works by Hirst and others, including Banksy and US artist Jeff Koons, will be exhibited.

From 4 April, the Tate Modern will exhibit a Hirst retrospective.

Hirst told the Observer his gallery, in Newport Street, Vauxhall, would be “a place to show my collection of contemporary art”, which reportedly includes more than 2,000 pieces.

“It feels bad having it all in crates. It’s basically Bacon and beyond.”

Hirst, who owns five paintings by the late Francis Bacon, added: “He didn’t make many and he’s not making any more.”

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