Damien Hirst Tate exhibition- a butterfly masacre.


Damien Hirst’s latest exhibition in London’s Tate  modern has been deemed a butterfly massacre.

Hirst’s installation called “In and Out of Love,” which was visited by over 3000 people each day consisted of  two windowless rooms filled  with live butterflies. But whilst the work was praised by many art critics when it featured in the gallery’s Hirst retrospective earlier this year, it has since become the centre of  a row with the RSPCA.

According to figures supplied by the Tate modern , a total of 9,000 butterflies  died by the end of the 23-weeks. About 400 butterflies were replaced each week as they were stepped on, injured or simply couldn’t handle the artificial environment.

The Tate modern has defended the controversal instalment stating that  “the themes of life and death as well as beauty and horror are highlighted, dualities that are prevalent in much of the artist’s work”.

A spokesperson from the art gallery has also insured the public that  “The butterflies used in this [Hirst] work were all sourced from reputable UK butterfly houses and were selected from varieties known to thrive in the conditions created’.

PETA were less enthusiastic about the piece ,  “Butterflies are beautiful parts of nature and should be enjoyed in the wild instead of destroyed for something predictable and unimaginative’.

Dead animals have always featured strongly in Hirst’s work.  Among those on display at the Tate Modern were a cow and a calf dissected and displayed in glass tanks .

The exhibition also included The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, a shark placed in formaldehyde, and For the Love of God, a human skull encrusted with diamonds.

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