Under Influences

Group Exhibition. La Maison Rouge, Paris, France.

15 February 2013 – 19 May 2013

'The Last Supper' (1999).

Photographed by Rick Jenkins and Donald Thompson © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2013

'Under Influences', curated by Antoine Perpère, examines man's use of psychoactive substances. The exhibition organisers explain, "artists are constantly in search of doors to creation, passageways, catalysts, transgressions, stimuli and ways to penetrate figments of the mind, have often been but compelled to try out their effects." On display are multiple examples of the interrelations between creative processes and the use of psychodynamic substances. including Hirst's series of 13 screenprints 'The Last Supper'.  

Hirst's complete series of 13 screenprints 'The Last Supper' are incorporated into the display. As in ‘Pharmacy’ (1992), and with the ‘Medicine Cabinets’ series, ‘The Last Supper’ shows Hirst’s interest in the Minimalist aesthetic appeal of medical packaging, which Hirst has likened to the work of Donald Judd and Sol LeWitt. ‘The Last Supper’ forms part of Hirst’s ongoing examination of the role of religion and science in contemporary society. On discussing the basis for the series he states: “Where’s God now? God’s fucked off. So all these big issues – like art and science and cancer – are all clambering about on this barren landscape where God used to exist.”[1] The prints use humour to comment upon this modern confusion whilst also passing comment on the pharmaceutical industry: “[The packages] aren’t flamboyant are they? They’re not allowed to sell themselves, except in a very clinical way, which starts to become funny.”[2] For the artist, humour is an important and frequently employed tool, which he describes as “a by-product of thinking about creating meaning through the relationships of objects”.[3]

Amongst the featured artists are: Adel Abdessemed, Pablo Amar Ingo, Antonin Artaud, Art Orienté Objet, Jean-Baptiste Audat, Aurèle, Martine Balata & René Jullien, Edson Barrus, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Char les Baudelaire, Hans Bellmer, Bruno Botella, Lilian Bourgeat, Tania Brassesco & Lazlo Passi-Norberto, Jean-Louis Brau, Nathalie Brevet, Hughes Rochette, Mathieu Briand, David Brognon & Stéphanie Rollin, Jiri Černický, les Frères Chapuisat, Jean-Philippe Charbonnier, Jean-Martin Charcot, Larry Clark, Lucien Clergue, Jean Cocteau, François Curlet, Luc Delahaye, Hélène Delprat, Jeroen de Rijke & Willem De Rooij, Hervé Di Rosa, Léo Dohmen, Jean Dupuy, Miguel Egaña, Erró, Esther Ferrer, Robert Filliou, Henri Foucault, Michel François, Alberto Garcia-Alix , Nan Goldin, Yayoi Kusama, Takashi Murakami and Arnulf Rainer.


[1] Damien Hirst cited in Damien Hirst and Gordon Burn, ‘On the Way to Work’ (Faber and Faber, 2001), 211

[2] ibid., 211

[3] ibid., 212