Guided visit of Damien Hirst exhibition at Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi

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Availability: 9 April - 3 December 2017
Duration: 2 hours
Language: English , French
Mobile voucher accepted
Do this because
  • Visit the exhibition of the famous contemporary British artist
  • Admire nearly 200 works rich in historical-artistic quotations of ancient civilizations
  • Discover the treasure of a former slave, found in 2008 on a sunken ship in the Indian Ocean
  • Skip the line and save on the cost of the guided visit at the ticket counter: €25 (standard) and €19 (reduced)
What to expect

The cultural institutions Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi houses the latest, brilliant creation of the famous British artist Damien Hirst. "Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable" is an exhibition featuring nearly 200 works that represent a stylistic evolution in the path of a contemporary artist known for carcasses of formaldehyde or diamond-skinned skulls.

In 2008, a vast wreckage site was discovered off the coast of East Africa. Ex-slaves were afforded ample opportunities for socio-economic advancement in the Roman Empire through involvement in the financial affairs of their patrons and past masters. The story of Amotan relates that the slave accumulated an immense fortune on the acquisition of his freedom. Bloated with excess wealth, he proceeded to build a lavish collection of artefacts deriving from the lengths and breadths of the ancient world.

The freedman’s one hundred fabled treasures – commissions, copies, fakes, purchases and plunder – were brought together on board a colossal ship, the Apistos, which was destined for a temple purpose-built by the collector. Yet the vessel foundered, consigning its hoard to the realm of myth and spawning myriad permutations of this story of ambition and avarice, splendour and hubris. The collection lay submerged in the Indian Ocean for some two thousand years before the site was discovered in 2008, near the ancient trading ports of Azania (south-east African coast).

Almost a decade after excavations began, this exhibition brings together the works recovered in this extraordinary find. A number of the sculptures are exhibited prior to undergoing restoration, heavily encrusted in corals and other marine life, at times rendering their forms virtually unrecognisable. A series of contemporary museum copies of the recovered artefacts are also on display, which imagine the works in their original, undamaged forms.

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What's included
  • Entrance ticket to the exhibition
  • Guided visit
Reduced price
  • Child 4-11 years old
  • Youth 12-25 years old
  • Senior over 65 years old
  • Free of charge: 0-3 years old
Meeting point:

At the entrance of Punta della Dogana

Dorsoduro, 2, 30123 Venezia

What to remember
  • Photograps by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2017
  • Maximum number per group: 25 participants
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  • 9 April - 3 December 2017
  • Sunday at 3.00pm in English
  • Monday at 3.00pm in French
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Punta della Dogana e Palazzo Grassi
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