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Damien Hirst in Venice invites you to admire the magnificent treasures of the "Incredible"

On Sunday, April 9, the public finally got the opportunity to get to the Venetian exhibition of Briton Damien Hirst. Exhibits for her, he created under the cloak of secrecy over the past decade. “The treasures from the wreck of the Incredible” are located in both the palaces of the Pino Foundation - in Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana. This is the first case in history when both centers gave space to one artist.The exhibition is presented as a multilayered labyrinth of treasure from a ship that sank 2,000 years ago and was discovered only in 2008 (by coincidence, this is the year of Hirst's previous peak).Damien Hirst, “Hydra and Cali” (two versions) and “Hydra and Cali under water (underwater photograph of Christoph Gerigk)”. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd.Damien Hirst, Hydra and Kali (detail). Photo: Andrea Merola / AP

Damien Hirst, 51, is considered the richest living artist in the world. He is also the most prominent representative of the group "Young British Artists" (Britart), dominant in the art of Albion the last quarter of a century. Hirst's work The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Consciousness of the Living (1991), representing the tiger shark in an aquarium with formaldehyde, is a symbol of this association.
Left: Damien Hirst

“Treasures from the wreck of the Incredible” is a multilayered labyrinth of sculptures, historical objects, photographs and video footage of the “discovery” and “rescue” of a priceless cargo. According to legend, the ship went down off the coast of East Africa. On board was an extensive collection of works of art belonging to the liberated slave named Sif Amotan II. The collection included artifacts of all civilizations known at that time and was sent to the museum island, where it was supposed to be paraded. The ship sank, and all its values ​​rested serenely in the depths of the sea until 2008. Now these treasures are before us.Damien Hirst, “Five Nude Greek Women”, “Five Ancient Torsos”, “Nude Greek Woman” (three versions). Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. Each exhibit at the exhibition is made in triplicate. In the first version, it looks like a treasure raised from the sea day (“Coral” in Hirst's language); in the second, as a saved relic restored by modern restorers (“Treasure”); and in the third, as a reproduction of a pseudo-historical object (“Copy”).Damien Hirst, "The Skull of the Cyclops" and "Divers learn the skull of the Cyclops (underwater photography)." Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd.
  • Damien Hirst, "The Skull of the Cyclops". Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd.
  • Damien Hirst, "View of Kati Ishtar Yo-Landi." Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd.
There are huge bronze warrior goddesses, no matter how similar marble busts and cyclops' skulls, prayer figures, tombs, tables, urns, display cases with shields, precious jewelry and coins. Hirst used a variety of expensive materials — malachite, gold, lapis, and jade — to create a museum collection of artifacts that evokes memories of the ancient world.Damien Hirst, "Chopped off the Head of Medusa." Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd.Damien Hirst, "Chopped off the Head of Medusa." Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd.Damien Hirst, "Sorrow." Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. To make it more plausible, many works are decorated with white worms and corals of incredible colors. The theme of the shipwreck is supplemented with large-format photographs and very believable video frames with divers working along the shores of the Zanzibar archipelago. According to Artnet.com, in order to lower the giant bronze statues to the bottom of the Indian Ocean, and then raise them, special rescue ships were hired.Damien Hirst, "Hydra and Kali, discovered by four divers." Photo: Christoph Gerigk © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd.Damien Hirst, The Stone Calendar. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP / Getty Images

It is worth noting that in all this carefully crafted entourage the faces of musician Farrell Williams, model Kate Moss, singers Rihanna and Yolandi Fisser, not to mention the statue of Mickey Mouse in Punta della Dogan, flash.
Damien Hirst himself appears in the bronze work “Bust of the Collector Seth Amotan II,” hinting that he is not only the creator, but also the collector of works of art.
Left: Damien Hirst, “Unknown Pharaoh” (fragment). The model for this work clearly served as an American singer, rapper, producer, musician and fashion designer Farrell Williams. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd.

Above - Damien Hirst, "Sphinx" (variant "Coral"); below - Damien Hirst, “Sphinx” (option “Treasure”). Both photos: Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd.According to the New York Times, major dealers, such as the Gagosian Gallery or the White Cube, have already bought some of the work at prices ranging from 500 thousand to 5 million dollars per copy. However, like most facts at the exhibition, this information is hidden under the cover of secrecy.
  • Damien Hirst, Proteus. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd.
  • Damien Hirst, The Jade Buddha. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd.
Exhibition of Damien Hirst "Treasures from the wreck of the Incredible" "will last until December 3. It coincides with the Venice Biennale, which will be held this year from May 13 to November 26.Damien Hirst, The Remains of Apollo. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd.Arthiv: read us in the Telegram and look at Instagram. According to news.artnet.com. Main illustration: a statue of a decapitated demon, 16.5 meters in height, fills the atrium of the Palazzo Grassi