Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable
Until 3 December 2017
‘Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable’. It is the first major
solo exhibition dedicated to Damien Hirst in Italy since the 2004
retrospective at the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples (“The Agony
and Ecstasy”) and is curated by Elena Geuna, curator of the monographic
shows dedicated to Rudolf Stingel (2013) and Sigmar Polke (2016)
presented at Palazzo Grassi.
The exhibition is displayed across 5,000 square meters of museum
space and marks the first time that Palazzo Grassi and Punta della
Dogana, the two Venetian venues of the Pinault Collection, are both
dedicated to a single artist.
Damien Hirst’s most ambitious and complex project to date, ‘Treasures
from the Wreck of the Unbelievable’ has been almost ten years in the
making. Exceptional in scale and scope, the exhibition tells the story
of the ancient wreck of a vast ship, the ‘Unbelievable’ (Apistos in the
original Koine Greek), and presents what was discovered of its precious
cargo: the impressive collection of Aulus Calidius Amotan – a freed
slave better known as Cif Amotan II – which was destined for a temple
dedicated to the sun.