Damien Hirst Putting Kennel Pups Out to Pasture for Personal London Museum

06/16/2010 4:11 PM |

Damien Hirst Skull

It’s pretty clear from virtually every artwork that YBA head honcho Damien Hirst has ever embalmed or encrusted in diamonds that the dude hates animals, and now ArtInfo reports that he’s put in a proposal to turn a kennel for stray dogs in London’s Hyde Park into a museum for his personal art collection. To be fair, the kennel is being converted no matter what, and Hirst and his architect Mike Rundell are in close competition for the space with Julia Peyton-Jones, of the nearby super-gallery Serpentine Gallery.

If he gets the commission, Hirst will hang works from his collection including pieces by Tracey Emin, Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol, and Jeff Koons, all of which visitors will be able to see for free except, EXCEPT, Hirst’s unsold, approximately $74 million diamond-encrusted skullpture, “For the Love of God” (2007, pictured), which you’ll have to pay a small fee to witness in all its overblown and shiny luxuriousness. No personal collection is worth such an asinine caveat.