New exhibition at Scots modern art gallery opens doors

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By Oliver Farrimond

A nationwide exhibition of priceless contemporary art opened it’s doors for the first time at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

Throughout 2009, 18 museums and galleries across the UK will be showing over 30 Artist Rooms from the collection created by dealer and collector Anthony d’Offay.

Acquired by Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland in February 2008, this is the first time a national collection has been shared and shown simultaneously across the UK.

Famous and provocative works by artists such as Damien Hirst will go on display to the public until November of this year starting this Saturday.

Lucy Askew, curator, said: “This is a tremendous and unprecedented opportunity for the people of Scotland to see the works of some of the most important contemporary artists.

“We’re also very lucky to have some of Damien Hirst’s most famous early pieces – this exhibition represents a great opportunity for contemporary art to reach a younger audience.”

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