'Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable'

Damien Hirst's solo exhibition opens in Venice.

'Calendar Stone' with four divers. Photograph by Christoph Gerigk © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2017

9 April 2017

‘Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable’ is the first major solo exhibition of Damien Hirst’s work to be presented in Italy since the 2004 retrospective at the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples (‘The Agony and Ecstasy’). It 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 metres 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 cargo.