The latest in our series of blog posts celebrating life in our new neighbourhood of Vauxhall focuses on Newport Street gallery. Owned by Damien Hirst and the restaurant he collaborated on with Mark Hix it was opened at the end of 2015 and was recently awarded the prestigious 2016 RIBA Stirling Prize for the biggest contribution to British architecture, the work of Caruso St John architects is beautifully minimal with exquisite attention to detail and material.
The restaurant Pharmacy 2 is aesthetically a lot of fun: colourful, creative and thought-provoking featuring a number of Hirst’s own artwork such as the Medicine Cabinets and butterfly Kaleidoscope paintings. The restaurant has etched glass windows depicting DNA strands, marble inlayed flooring, bar stools with pill-shaped seats and tablets embroidered onto the leather banquettes.
The gallery is currently showcasing a Jeff Koons exhibition, a lot of the artwork is from Hirst’s own collection of originals and a some pieces have never before been shown in the UK. Whilst the work has its detractors the art is bold, confident and provokes questions of consumerism and mass culture. The exhibition isn’t on for long so get down to Vauxhall whilst you still can.