Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable

27 September 2019 – 8 November 2019
Solo Exhibition. Claridge's Hotel, London, United Kingdom.

Photography Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst/Science Ltd., all rights reserved, DACS 2019

Thirteen sculptures from the series ‘Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable’ are on display at Claridge's, London. Hirst first exhibited ’Treasures’ in Venice’s Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi museums in 2017. His most ambitious show to date, ‘Treasures’ tells the story of the ancient wreck of the largest ship of its day, the ‘Unbelievable’, and presents some of its cargo after excavation. A number of the sculptures are shown still encrusted in coral, while others are museum copies that reimagine the works in their original forms. Sculptures from the series are on display include ‘Proteus’the shape-shifting sea god in the midst of a vivid physical transformation, ‘Skull of a Cyclops’depicting the giant skull of a female mammoth and ‘Metamorphosis’, inspired by Ovid’s narrative poem Metamorphoses, which presents the extraordinary wealth of Graeco-Roman myths centred around concepts of transformation.