As you may recall, Damien Hirst’s 10-years-in-the-making “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable” project finally debuted in Venice last month. To complement the exhibition, the Turner Prize winner has now unveiled a new book which shines a light on the exhaustive behind-the-scenes work required to pull off the feat.
Billed in some quarters as a “titanic return to form,” the showcase comprises 189 pieces across 54,000 sq ft and is rumored to be one of the most expensive shows ever put on by a contemporary artist. Centered around a fictional narrative where Hirst has discovered the wreck of an ancient vessel in the seabed off East Africa that went down with a bounty of treasures, the fantasy is furthered by extensive video footage of said riches being rescued.
The book is an account of both the above and the underwater operation that was put in place to accomplish the extraordinary feat. Images of the “recovery” were shot by famed underwater snapper Christoph Gerigk.
Limited to just 1000 copies, each has been signed and numbered by the artist. You can purchase it by clicking the button below.
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