Following a £12m refurbishment, The Bowes Museum brings a global name to the Barnard Castle treasure house this autumn with the opening of Damien Hirst: Print Maker.


This world class exhibition, curated by former Turner Prize judge Greville Worthington, will explore this foremost contemporary artist through his renowned print works.


The striking show of more than 50 works, many unseen by the public, has been loaned by several northern collectors and is one not to miss. With the support of these private collectors, the Museum has drawn together Hirst’s best quality prints to form the first exhibition to re-establish a contemporary programme at The Bowes Museum.


In the process of print making Hirst uses a variety of techniques to achieve his aims. Since the 1990s he has produced a range of high quality prints, often proving technically difficult and complex, exploring similar themes to those in his paintings and installations.


The works are ambitious, testing the boundaries of print making as a skill, and this exhibition brings together his most impressive pieces in terms of both scale and technical ability.


The exhibition, which opened on Saturday 6 November 2010, incorporates themes of opposites such as life and death, necessity and luxury & black and white; examining the complications and frailties of human existence. The Museum’s exhibition gallery will be specially decorated to complement Hirst’s work.


Damien Hirst: Print Maker includes series of works such as The Last Supper – a set of 13 prints designed to mimic drug packaging; using humour and pathos to question whether drugs are as vital to man’s survival as food. The display also includes a stunning print of For the Love of God – portraying the artist’s famous diamond skull sculpture.


The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue, written by Mr Worthington, which can be purchased from the Museum.


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