Hirst’s pickled cow springs a leak

  • List.co.uk
  • 28 September 2007

One of Damien Hirst’s pickled cows is undergoing repair at Oslo’s Museum of Modern Art after its container sprung a leak and started dripping formaldehyde.

The container is one of four glass tanks containing parts of a sliced cow and calf. The artwork entitled Mother and Child Divided (1993) won the Turner Prize in 1995.

The work, which is the museum’s most popular exhibit, may not be returned until next year.

Greta Arbu, head of collections at the gallery, said: “It had been installed permanently in 1997 and it was just getting tired.

“The pressure inside the container is enormous. We just noticed a small leak of the floor beneath the glass and we sent it back within a week.

“Formaldehyde is very dangerous material. The same container will be kept but the layers of glass will be replaced.”

London is expected to host a version of Mother and Child Divided next week as part of a Tate Britain exhibition of all Turner Prize winners.

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