In 2001 Hirst was awarded the Ljubljana Biennale Grand Prize for his series of prints ‘The Last Supper’ (1999). In conjunction with the award, Hirst was invited to show an exhibition of drawings at the 25th Ljubljana International Biennale of Graphic Arts in association with the British Council.
The exhibition, hosted by the International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, included over 100 of Hirst’s sketches and fabrication plans spanning the breadth of his career. Included were detailed preparatory drawings for the earliest ‘Natural History’ works, such as ‘Study for Isolated Elements Swimming in the Same Direction for the Purpose of Understanding’ (1989), and sketches dating from Hirst’s teenage years, such as ‘Study after Delacroix (the Orphan Girl in the Cemetery)’ (1981).
On the occasion of the exhibition, a catalogue of over 300 drawings was published (Other Criteria in association with the British Council, 2003). Containing texts by Annushka Shani and A. A. Gill, the book was awarded the Beaux Arts Magazine Award for Best Art Publication in 2005.