Conceived by Damien Hirst, 'The Big Blue' is an exhibition of work inspired by the sea that spans almost two millenia. Included in the exhibition is Hirst's sculpture, 'Heaven' (2008-2009), a shark preserved in a tank of formaldehyde that belongs to the same series as 'The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living'. Other works include a fragment of a Roman sarcophagus depicting a Nereid and Triton, dating from the second century AD, a Gustave Courbet seascape, and paintings by some of the twentieth century's most important artists, including Francis Bacon and Yves Klein.
The exhibiting artists are: Francis Bacon, Gustave Courbet, Max Ernst, Giacinto Gimignani, Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondrian, Jan Olis and Hiroshi Sugimoto. Objects such as a fragment of a Roman sarcophagus, with beautifully carved Nereid and Tritons in a marble Aegean Sea, are also on display.