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FREEDOM NOT GENIUS
Works from Damien Hirst's collection

Colin Lowe.
You Will Never Forget Me.
2007.
Stuffed cat, hair, wood, cotton thread.
© DACS 2012 / RAO (Moscow) 2013 Banksy.
Laugh Now.
2003.
Screenprint.
© the artist / DACS 2012 / RAO (Moscow) 2013 Jeff Koons.
Elephant.
2003.
High chromium stainless steel with transparent color coating.
© Jeff Koons / 2012 / RAO (Moscow) 2013 Pablo Picasso.
Nature morte au crâne et au pot.
1943.
Oil on canvas.
© Succession Picasso / DACS, London 2012.
Photography credit: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd Unknown.
Untitled (Augsburg Skeleton).
17th century.
Silver with ebony base.
© DACS 2012 / RAO (Moscow) 2013 Richard Prince.
Hurricane Nurse.
2001.
Acrylic and inkjet on canvas.
© the artist, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London / RAO (Moscow) 2013.
Photography: David Regan

Colin Lowe. You Will Never Forget Me. 2007. Stuffed cat, hair, wood, cotton thread. © DACS 2012 / RAO (Moscow) 2013

Banksy. Laugh Now. 2003. Screenprint. © the artist / DACS 2012 / RAO (Moscow) 2013

Jeff Koons. Elephant. 2003. High chromium stainless steel with transparent color coating. © Jeff Koons / 2012 / RAO (Moscow) 2013

Pablo Picasso. Nature morte au crâne et au pot. 1943. Oil on canvas. © Succession Picasso / DACS, London 2012. Photography credit: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Unknown. Untitled (Augsburg Skeleton). 17th century. Silver with ebony base. © DACS 2012 / RAO (Moscow) 2013

Richard Prince. Hurricane Nurse. 2001. Acrylic and inkjet on canvas. © the artist, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London / RAO (Moscow) 2013. Photography: David Regan

Moscow, 30.XI.2013—2.II.2014

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Curated by: Elena Geuna

"Genius is easy. Genius means that everybody isn’t an artist. Freedom means that everybody is an artist. I believe in freedom. I don’t believe in genius. I don’t think that artists are special people. I think they’re normal people who have managed to harness somehow what is important for everybody. I don’t think they’re born special..." — Damien Hirst

Curated by: Elena Geuna

"Genius is easy. Genius means that everybody isn’t an artist. Freedom means that everybody is an artist. I believe in freedom. I don’t believe in genius. I don’t think that artists are special people. I think they’re normal people who have managed to harness somehow what is important for everybody. I don’t think they’re born special..." — Damien Hirst

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Olga Sviblova. © Anna Temerina Timothy Barrow. © Nikolay Kazeev Elena Geuna. © Nikolay Kazeev Olga Sviblova and Ulan Ilishkin (Rosbank). © Anna Temerina Marc Garber. © Anna Temerina Sofia Trotzenko. © Anna Temerina Pavel Vardishvili. © Anna Temerina Madina and Mariana Gogova. © Anna Temerina Nina Gomiashvili and Valdimir Glynin. © Anna Temerina Kira Sacarello and Vasiliy Tsereteli. © Anna Temerina Timothy Barrow, Olga Sviblova. © Anna Temerina Vlad Lisovets. © Anna Temerina Mihail Sidlin. © Anna Temerina Katrin Borisoff. © Anna Temerina Aliona Doletskaya. © Anna Temerina Alexander Ponomarev. © Anna Temerina Oleg Dou. © Anna Temerina Tim Parschikov. © Anna Temerina Juriy Avvakumov. © Nikolay Kazeev Iosif Backshtein. © Nikolay Kazeev Irina Hakamada. © Nikolay Kazeev John Mann. © Nikolay Kazeev Oleg Kulik. © Nikolay Kazeev Daria Shapovalova. © Anton Galetskiy Pavel Nefedov. © Anton Galetskiy Anton Belov. © Anton Galetskiy © Anton Galetskiy

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MAMM is pleased to present selected works from Damien Hirst’s private ‘Murderme’ collection, exhibited for the first time in Moscow and uniting works from Hirst’s British contemporaries with classics of Modernism and Pop Art, as well as unique curios collected by Hirst. As one of the most popular and groundbreaking artists of our time, Hirst has been active for over the last two decades on the international art scene. For this exhibition he appears as Damien Hirst the collector, revealing the sources of his inspiration, passions and tastes.

Curated by: Elena Geuna

Damien Hirst’s attraction to artists who share his passions and anxieties has resulted in a conspicuously personal and idiosyncratic collection.. After trading works with his British contemporaries in the late 1980s, he has gone on to acquire some of the most significant works belonging to those artists who collectively came to be known as the YBAs. His collection has also grown to include works by many international artists of earlier generations: not only post-war masters like Bacon and Giacometti, but pivotal figures in the history of 20th-century art, such as Richard Hamilton, Mario Merz, Bruce Nauman, Richard Prince and Kurt Schwitters The combination of the quotidian with the sublime, a familiar characteristic of Hirst’s own work, is also a significant element of the Murderme collection. Two themes recur frequently — memento mori and the animal kingdom — and together they communicate the spirit of the entire collection, a combination of contemporary masterpieces and works of another kind: unique, unusual objets d’art that fascinate and at the same time intimidate — unexpected and surprising works.

The theme of death remains a central preoccupation for him as an artist, and so it is only fitting that one of the rooms in the exhibition has been dedicated to his vast collection of memento mori. In a sort of contemporary Wunderkammer, viewers can admire amongst others a still-life by Pablo Picasso, a Takashi Murakami painting, 17th- and 18th-century vanitas paintings, as well as reinterpretations of the same theme by contemporary artists such as Peter Blake, Sarah Lucas and Vik Muniz.

These reminders of our own mortality are counterbalanced elsewhere in the collection by a copious explosion of life: the animal world with its millions of species and the extraordinary variety offered by nature. Drawing inspiration from the Renaissance cabinets de curiosites (intimate and private spaces for the collector but also workshops for scientific research), ’Freedom Not Genius’ is crowded with stuffed animals from various periods; anatomical studies and bronze casts; an 18th-century plaster cast of a horse’s leg; drawings of African mammals; and more recent works by artists such as Banksy, Marcus Harvey, Michael Joo, Sean Landers and Colin Lowe, recreating the imaginary animal world that attracts Hirst the collector.

List of artists
Frank Auerbach, Francis Bacon, David Bailey, Banksy, John Bellany, Nick Bibby, Ashley Bickerton, Peter Blake, Don Brown, Mat Collishaw, John Currin, Tracey Emin, Faile (Patrick McNeil, Patrick Miller), Angus Fairhurst, Abigail Fallis, Paul Fryer, Alberto Giacometti, Steven Gregory, Richard Hamilton, Marcus Harvey, John Hoyland, Rachel Howard, Gary Hume, Paul Insect, John Isaacs, Michael Joo, Jonathan Kingdon, Jeff Koons, Jim Lambie, Sean Landers, Hyungkoo Lee, Sherrie Levine, Colin Lowe, Sarah Lucas, Rodrigo Moynihan, Vik Muniz, Takashi Murakami, Bruce Nauman, Gabriel Orozco, Pablo Picasso, Walter Potter, Richard Prince, Kurt Schwitters, Haim Steinbach, Keith Tyson, Fred Tomaselli, Andy Warhol, Rachel Whiteread, Olly & Suzi (Olly Williams and Suzi Winstanley), Cerith Wyn Evans.

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