Damien Hirst bids to convert Hyde Park building into a museum


Renowned artist Damien Hirst has teamed up with architect Mike Rundell, to put in a bid to the Royal Parks to convert a building in Hyde Park into an art space, a noncommercial gallery displaying the artist’s personal collection. The aforementioned structure/building, the Magazine, was a single-story brick munitions store that was built in Hyde Park to help defend London against a potential invasion from Napoleon, and currently houses a kennel for stray dogs. If Hirst wins the bid, he has promised to fabricate stained-glass windows and bronze gates for the museum and will not charge any fee for admittance. However, those wishing to see Hirst’s For the Love of God, a diamond-encrusted platinum cast of a human skull, will have to shell out a fee. The famed skull made headlines when it failed to sell during a 2007 exhibition at White Cube gallery for the asking price of $74 million.

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Competing with Hirst to take over the building is Julia Peyton-Jones of the neighboring Serpentine Gallery.
Well, we have no choice but to wait for the verdict to know if Hirst will get to turn his dream into a reality.
[Artinfo]