Swiss Post issues Hirschhorn love affair art stamp

The latest Swiss stamp is one of the most unlikely pieces of art created by Thomas Hirschhorn in recent years. The Swiss-born artist, who is based in Paris, is known for his larger than life room-size installations, but to celebrate Switzerland's part in the Venice Biennale, an international art exhibition held every two years, Hirschhorn agreed to do a tiny-size creation.

The postage stamp shows a torn bit of cardboard, a throwback to Hirschhorn's earlier days, the post office says in issuing the stamp: "His miniature work is a universal declaration of love for art. The statement 'Art is Resistance' summarizes Hirschhorn's artistic position in a single sentence - an individual contribution which blends into the overall image of the stamp. In designing this stamp as a piece of torn cardboard, Hirschhorn drew inspiration from his earlier works: as an unknown artist in the 1980s, he wrote on cardboard signs and placed them in house doorways or under windscreen wipers."

The one franc stamp went on sale Thursday 5 May.

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