While preparing his most coveted pieces of work for his upcoming exhibition at Tate Modern, Damien Hirst has leaked news of plans to open a public gallery in 2014. Describing the development project in Lambeth that will soon display the highlights of his personal collection of more than 2,000 artworks.
“It’s my Saatchi gallery, basically. It’s about as big as the Whitechapel – six galleries, a café and a shop – and it’s a place to show my collection of contemporary art. It feels bad having it all in crates. It’s basically Bacon and beyond” Hirst told the Observer.
In addition to works from Jeff Koons, Sarah Lucas, and Banksy he added that he had five paintings by the late Francis Bacon. “Which is great. He didn’t make many and he’s not making any more.”