Damien Hirst Creates Limited Edition Prints to Aid Italian Children Affected by the Pandemic

Damien Hirst Creates Limited Edition Prints to Aid Italian Children Affected by the Pandemic

Damien Hirst Creates Limited Edition Prints to Aid Italian Children Affected by the Pandemic

The initiative is met with full support from Fondazione Prada.

The initiative is met with full support from Fondazione Prada.

Text: Lorena Caro

British Artist Damien Hirst is no stranger to the contemporary art world. Renowned for his paintings and sculptures, Hirst has often used his talents to support charities and foundations for various causes. This time, he has focused his sights on Italy. 

On September 15th, Hirst launched a charity campaign to raise money for the Save the Children’s program for education in Italy. The project, titled “Riscriviamo il futuro” (Rewrite the future), aims to support children from disadvantaged backgrounds who have been affected by the pandemic.

The four limited edition prints are titled “Fruitful and Forever” and will feature colorful details also seen in Hirst’s “Cherry Blossoms” paintings. They are inspired by work from artists such as Pierre Bonnard, Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh and the Pointillist innovations of Georges Seurat. The prints will also show close-up details of densely layered dabs of paint from sections of the large-scale Cherry Blossom canvases. 

Hirst publicly announced this collaboration via an Instagram post earlier this week. He also revealed a sneak peek of the editions.   

“COVID-19 has been devastating for many people and families all over the world and lockdown has been really difficult, but especially difficult for children who haven’t been able to go to school. I wanted to find a way to raise money to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds who have been most affected by school closures and the support they provide. I’m delighted to be working with Fondazione Prada to release these new prints to help with the brilliant work Save the Children are doing across Italy, giving free access to education and opportunities to thousands and thousands of children in need,” said Hirst via a press release.

The prints are available in two sizes (39 x 39 cm and 78 x 78 cm) and priced at EUR 400 and EUR 1,200 respectively. They are currently available for purchase exclusively through HENI Leviathan and will remain on the market up until midnight CEST on Sunday 27 September 2020. 

Credits: Photo courtesy of Publicist

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