Group Exhibition. Hydra School Projects, Hydra, Greece.

24 June 2015 – 25 September 2016

'Door Stop' (1986)

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Curator Dimitris Antonitsis and Hydra School Projects presents 'Bibelot', an annual exhibition featuring both Greek and international artists. 'Bibelot' features one of Hirst's early collage pieces, 'Door Stop' (1986).

‘Door Stop’ is one of a series of collages Hirst worked on from 1983 to 1987. “Bridging the gap” between paintings and sculptures, the collages provided the artist with a means of avoiding “getting lost in the infinite possibilities of [painting]”. Inspired by Kurt Schwitters and Harry Thubron, Hirst saw these works as constituting the re-arrangement of “already organised elements”, which then got “tumbled around with the other stuff and became things in their own right”. See other examples of early collages here.

Established in 2000 by Greek artist and curator Dimitrios Antonitsis, the Hydra School Project is a nonprofit foundation that organises exhibitions and supports publications that explore the relationship between contemporary art and culture. The Hydra School Project is funded primarily by the Demergon Daskalopoulos Foundation for Culture and Development. 

Other artists featured in the exhibition included Martin Kippenberger, Vassiliki Pikoula and Lola Montes Schnabel.