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Elation by Damien Hirst


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Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst first came to public attention in London in 1988 when he conceived and curated "Freeze," an exhibition in a disused warehouse that showed his work and that of his friends and fellow students at Goldsmiths College. In the nearly quarter of a century since that pivotal show (which would come to define the Young British Artists), Hirst has become one of the most influential artists of his generation. Hirst's best known works are his paintings and glass tank installations. His ground-breaking works include: Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, a tiger shark in formaldehyde and For the Love of God (2007), a human skull studded with 8,601 diamonds. In addition to his installations and sculptures, Hirst’s Spot paintings and Butterfly paintings have become universally recognized.

Damien Hirst’s current and most ambitious 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 which was destined for a temple dedicated to the sun. It is housed in the Palazzo Grassi in Venice and runs until early December 2017.

Based in London, United Kingdom

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