Images have emerged of Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery – created by London architecture studio Caruso St John in a row of converted and extended theatre warehouses.
The Newport Street Gallery, due to open on eight October 2015, occupies a string of former industrial and goal-created buildings. It stretches along an whole street in Vauxhall, south London, and will be totally free for the public to go to.
The gallery houses over 3,000 pieces of artwork from the British artist’s personal assortment, which includes pieces by Francis Bacon and Jeff Koons, which will be displayed in a series of exhibition spaces over two ranges.
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Caruso St John – the studio behind the renovation of London’s Tate Britain, the Gagosian Paris, and the Nottingham Contemporary artwork centre – has renovated three listed buildings and added two new structures, a single at each finish of the row.
Caruso St John’s additions use equivalent proportions and resources to the current brick buildings, which have been formerly utilized for theatre carpentry and scenery production.
Within, floors have been taken out to open up the spaces, making large-ceilinged galleries and producing room for offices. The gallery will also include a store and a cafe.
Ideas for the constructing have been 1st announced in 2012, but the unique 2014 opening date was pushed back to this 12 months.
Newport Street Gallery’s inaugural exhibition will be dedicated to the operate of Sheffield-born abstract painter John Hoyland, who rose to prominence in the 1960s and 1970s. The display will target on his painting from 1964 to 1982, and get over all six of the building’s gallery spaces.
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Hirst is acknowledged for his visceral approach to art, with pieces which includes pickled animals and jewelled skulls. He rose to fame in the 1990s as element of the UK’s group of Young British Artists, which also included Tracey Emin and Sarah Lucas.
Newport Street is not his first architectural commission. In 2013 United kingdom studio Designscape Architect finished two buildings for the artist near his studio in Stroud, Gloucestershire – an artwork manufacturing studio that seems to change colour from blue to green and a glazed brick building created for making use of toxic chemical compounds.
In 2012 Hirst also announced programs to construct a 500-property eco-improvement in Devon, south England.