25 April 2014
A series of Damien Hirst paintings are on display for the first time in Austria, at the Arnulf Rainer Museum in the Frauenbad Baden. Works from Damien Hirst’s 'Two Weeks One Summer' series – made between 2008 and 2012 – are shown alongside Arnulf Rainer’s finger paintings, actionistic Face Farces and contemplative over-paintings from the early 1950s.
Curator Rudi Fuchs has brought together a carefully assembled group of over eighty works in the exhibition, which is entitled: 'DAMIEN HIRST / ARNULF RAINER' (commotion)'. The works of Rainer and Hirst continuously alternate thereby developing a creative dialogue, similar to that of a literary narrative or musical composition.
Since September 2009 the Arnulf Rainer Museum, situated in the classicist building of the former women’s baths, has been alternating monographic and thematic exhibitions of the multi-layered oeuvre of the world famous artist from Baden. After GEORG BASELITZ / ARNULF RAINER: NEWS FROM THE ATELIER (2011) and MARIO MERZ / ARNULF RAINER: DEEP WIDE [FRAGMENTS] (2013), DAMIEN HIRST / ARNULF RAINER is the third exhibition that places Arnulf Rainer’s work in dialogue with that of one of his.