Postcard from . . . Damien Hirst – Nucleohistone

Damien Hirst
Postcard from . . . Damien Hirst – Nucleohistone


Offset lithograph printed in colors on glossy wove paper

A superb impression of the definitive state, from the edition of 500, reproducing the artist’s 2008-2011 household gloss painting on canvas of the same title.  Published by Fondazione Pastificio Cerere, Rome, and Gagosian Gallery, Rome, bearing their label on the verso.

27 x 37 5/8 inches

Rome’s Fondazione Pastificio Cerere inaugurated its 2012 program with the second edition of Postcard from…, a project conceived and curated by the Fondazione’s Art Director, Marcello Smarrelli, aimed at diffusing contemporary art in urban contexts. Produced in collaboration with A.P.A. (Agenzia Pubblicità Affissioni), Postcard from… involves four artists yearly who each create a poster measuring 400 x 300 cm, dimensions of which reflect those used in billboard advertising.
2012’s first poster, Postcard from… Damien Hirst  – Nucleohistone, was realized by internationally renowned British artist Damien Hirst, and was at Fondazione Pastificio Cerere until March 10, 2012. The poster was installed in the Fondazione’s courtyard and was also circulated in ten facilities in Rome managed by A.P.A. with the standard 14-day advertising turnover. Over the course of the exhibition, Hirst’s poster was also show at the main entrance of Rome’s MACRO (Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma) museum.
Postcard from… Damien Hirst – Nucleohistone was realized in conjunction with Gagosian Gallery’s exhibition The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011 by Damien Hirst. The exhibition took place at once across all of Gagosian Gallery’s eleven locations in New York, London, Paris, Los Angeles, Rome, Athens, Geneva, and Hong Kong.
Hirst’s extraordinary body of work tackles wholly relevant issues in today’s society: the concept of mortality, contemporary society’s dependence on the pharmaceutical industry, and the role of science and religion in our lives. For this project, Hirst selected a work that is representative of his “Spot Paintings” series, which he has been producing since 1988. The title of the work, Nucleohistone (2008-2011), refers to the DNA and protein structure within the cell’s nucleus and reflects the artist’s passion for medical aesthetics.