“Treasurers from the Wreck of the Unbelievable” is an art exhibition conducted in Venice by Damien Hirst. The exhibition was displayed up on 5,000 square meters of museum space and up to 189 works which was found at the bottom of the Indian Ocean ,were displayed at the Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana galleries. The original documentary is now live on Netflix.
The story in the documentary ‘Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable’, is about how a team of marine archaeologists recover treasure from the lost legendary ship ‘Apistos’ (meaning unbelievable).
According to the artist this ship belonged to a freed 1st century slave named Cif Amotan II, 2000 years ago off the coast of east Africa in 2008. The divers spent ten years discovering the Incredible art and artifacts made of gold, bronze, marble, malachite and jade.
The shipwrecked treasures included mythical figures, goddesses kali, lifesize statue of a man on a rearing horse, hieratic stone warriors, carving of three-headed Cerberus, cartwheel-sized calendar stone made by the Aztecs, mammoth’s skull and many more.
Treasurers from the Wreck of the Unbelievable is frictional
Well! The treasurers from the documentary “Treasurers from the Wreck of the Unbelievable” that were displayed in the exhibition, were made by technicians in Gloucestershire and also, the bronze and gold statues were made by the nearby Pangolin Editions foundry, at Hirst’s own expenses. Hirst along with his crew submerged the statues under the ocean. So, the entire documentary or mockumentary was frictional.
Damien Hirst collaborated with producer Nicolas Kent and director Sam Hobkinson to make this incredible documentary as a backstory for the exhibition and show the amazing art of underwater aging process which can be achieved by submerging items under sea for a long period of time.
If you’ve watched the documentary you’ll probably notice the mocking hints Hirst have portrayed like, albeit on the back of a statue, “Made in China”, the Medusa’s head which is a 3D reprise of Caravaggio’s masterpiece,Mickey mouse, a statue of himself and contemporary pop figures like Rihanna and Pharrell.
While this angered a lot of people who watched the documentary but Damien Hirst says, “It’s what we need to do today. When you’re an artist, everything you do you think is about the world we are living in today. And now with all the liars running our governments, it’s far easier to believe in the past than it is in the future.”
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