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The Child's Dream by Damien Hirst

The Dark Monarch

For the first time a major piece by Damien Hirst has gone on show at the Tate St Ives. The work, which comprises a 'unicorn' in a gold-plated vitrine of formaldehyde, is expected to be one of the exhibition highlights this autumn.

The piece titled, 'The Child's Dream' has never been displayed in the UK before and it is also the first time a major Hirst piece has been shown in the South West, home to the artist.

Book by St Ives artist Sven Berlin

Book by St Ives artist Sven Berlin

The work will be displayed as a part of the group exhibition 'The Dark Monarch: Magic and Modernity in British Art, which takes its title from the infamous 1962 book by St Ives artist Sven Berlin.

Focusing on works from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present day the exhibition considers, in particular, the relationship they have to the geological landscape and explores the influence of mythology, mysticism and folklore in Britain and Cornwall.

The exhibition will examine the development of early Modernism, Surrealism and Neo-Romanticism in the UK.

The Dark Monarch will also include works by important modernists and surrealists including Barbara Hepworth, Graham Sutherland, Paul Nash, Henry Moore and Ithell Colquhoun; Neo-Romantics such as Cecil Collins, John Piper, Leslie Hurry and John Craxton.

A piece of work by John Russell

A painting by John Russell

Emerging and established contemporary artists include Cerith Wyn Evans, Mark Titchner, Eva Rothschild, Simon Periton, Clare Woods, Steven Claydon, John Stezeker and Derek Jarman.

Damien Hirst's wide-ranging practice, which includes installations, sculpture, painting and drawing, has sought to challenge the boundaries between art, science and popular culture. His vitrine pieces in particular, such as Mother and Child Divided 1993, recast fundamental questions concerning the meaning of life and the fragility of biological existence.

The Dark Monarch: Magic and Modernity in British Art Tate St Ives opening 10 October 2009 through 10 January 2010.

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