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“It takes a kind of genius to push kitsch to the point where it becomes sublime … Will Damien Hirst one day be in the history books as a genius? It looks a hell of a lot more likely after this titanic return to form.” — The Guardian

Damien Hirst's most ambitious and complex project to date was met by a huge, if divided, critical response.

ArtNews: "Damien Hirst’s doubleheader in Venice is undoubtedly one of the worst exhibitions of contemporary art staged in the past decade.

The Economist: “may be the most ambitious exhibition ever mounted by an artist”.

“To do a show in arguably one of the most extraordinary artistic settings at a time when Venice will be the focus of collectors and critics – it’s like a musician deciding to make his long-awaited comeback at Wembley Stadium,” says Oliver Barker, chairman for Europe at Sotheby’s and the man who orchestrated Hirst’s notorious 2008 auction Beautiful Inside My Mind Forever.

Treasures “taps into a desire for belief, for a connection with the past,” Hirst told FT Magazine this weekend. “What’s unknown is how it will be perceived, but maybe I am worrying more than is necessary, really, because people are willing to believe. I think they want to believe.”

Hirst is “facing his critics head on, not running to the hills,” Barker says. He is also, as is so often the case with Hirst, already attracting controversy.

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’ 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.

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 (b. 1965) in Bristol, England was included in the 1992 Young British Artists exhibition at Saatchi Gallery in London, and in 1995, he received the Turner prize. Solo exhibitions include “The Agony and the Ecstasy,” Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples (2004); “A Selection of Works by Damien Hirst from Various Collections,” Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2005); Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo (2005); “For the Love of God,” Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (2008); “Requiem,” PinchukArtCentre, Kiev (2009); “Life, Death and Love,” Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague (2009); “No Love Lost,” Wallace Collection, London (2009–10); “Cornucopia,” Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, Monte Carlo (2010); “For the Love of God,” Museo di Palazzo Vecchio, Florence (2010); “Damien Hirst: A Retrospective,” Tate Modern, London (2012); “Relics,” Qatar Museum Authority, Gallery Al Riwaq, Doha (2013–14); Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo (2015); and “The Last Supper,” National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (2016). Hirst’s work is included in many important public and private collections throughout the world. His new project, “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable,” will be on view at Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana through December.

“Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable,” will be on view at Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana through December. 3, 2017.

Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable |
filmed by Out of Sync | Venice May 2017
Camera and edit | Per Henriksen
Producer | Out of Sync
Artworks courtesy | Damien Hirst
© Out of Sync 2017

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