Damien Hirst at Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana

Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana for the first time together in one exhibition!

From 09 April 2017 to 03 December 2017

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Sunday, 9th April 2017 marks the opening day to the public of the much-awaited Damien Hirst exhibition: in Venice all is ready to host the latest project of the British artist in a major exhibition that, for the first time, will unite the two Venice exhibition venues of the Pinault Collection... Buy online your ticket to Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana: you will access both locations directly, without wasting your time queuing at the ticket offices!

Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana will present a fascinating exhibition that focuses on a single artist: the Damien Hirst Venezia exhibition thus marks a new stage in the history of the two famous establishments in Venice, ideally united to celebrate the genius of an artist known and appreciated worldwide. Damien Hirst had already exhibited at Palazzo Grassi in 2006, in the opening collective 'Where Are We Going?', immediately establishing a relationship of mutual trust with the Pinault Collection. This collaboration was then further consolidated in 2007, with 'A Post-Pop selection', and in another two subsequent exhibitions at the Pinault Collection, when Hirst exhibited more of his works: in 2013 at the Conciergerie in Paris - 'A Triple tour' - and in 2014 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco - 'Art Lovers'.

The fruitful collaboration between the British master and the Pinault Collection laid the foundations for the creation of this great Damien Hirst exhibition in Italy. The artist will present his new project and the Pinault Collection has reserved him two venues that had never been jointly dedicated to a single artist before.

Entitled 'Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable', the Damien Hirst exhibition at Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana will present a new project to the public, the result of extensive work carried out by the controversial artist in the last decade.

Damien Hirst’s 'Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable' is curated by Elena Geuna, a contemporary art consultant and independent curator, who masterminded the successful retrospective exhibitions dedicated to Rudolf Stingel and Sigmar Polke, exhibited at Palazzo Grassi in 2013 and 2016.


Born in Bristol in 1965, Damien Hirst studied Fine Arts at the Goldsmiths University of London from 1986 to 1989. During his second year of studies he contributed in organising and curating 'Freeze', the famous exhibition which represented a real springboard for both Hirst and an entire generation of young British artists. At the end of the course at Goldsmiths, Hirst began to create installations, paintings, drawings and sculptures aimed at exploring the complex relationship between art, beauty, religion, science, life and death. His numerous works - including the 1991 formaldehyde shark 'The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living' that brought him to the centre of international attention, and 'For the Love of God' in 2007, a platinum cast of a skull on which he embedded 8601 diamonds - challenge the certainties of the contemporary world by analysing the uncertainties that are part of human nature. Currently Damien Hirst lives and works between London and Gloucester.

After 'Freeze' in 1987, more than 90 exhibitions worldwide have been organized on Damien Hirst, not to mention his participation in over 300 collective exhibitions. Amongst his retrospective exhibitions, we cannot fail to mention the exhibitions at the Naples National Archaeological Museum in 2004; the Oslo Astrup Fearnley Museet fur Moderne Kunst in 2005; the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum in 2008; Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio, and Monaco’s Oceanographic Museum in 2010; Doha’s Qatar Museums in 2013-2014. In addition to these, in 2012, in conjunction with the Cultural Olympiad, the Tate Modern in London presented a major retrospective on Hirst’s work.

In 1995, Damien Hirst was presented with the Turner Prize, the most famous contemporary art prize in the UK for British artists under 50 years of age. Awarded by the Tate Gallery, it is an annual prize open to all forms of visual art, but mostly associated with conceptual art. For many years now Damien Hirst has dominated the artistic scene and is considered one of the most highly quoted living artists in the world.

The venues where you can admire Damien Hirst treasures from the wreck exhibition in Venice are also noteworthy.

  • A beautiful building located along the banks of the Grand Canal, between the Rialto Bridge and the Accademia, Palazzo Grassi was acquired in 2005 by the French collector François Pinault who, after having entrusted the Japanese architect Tadao Ando with its restoration, opened it up as a venue to house temporary exhibitions.
  • Punta della Dogana is located near the Basilica della Salute. The former location of the ancient marine customs of the Republic of Venice, the building continued its activities until 1980s. After a period of neglect, the building passed into the hands of the Pinault Collection and, following a great restoration project, entrusted again to Ando, it was reopened as a venue for temporary exhibitions of contemporary art.

Damien Hirst exhibition in Venice, Italy: Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana for the first time united under a single internationally recognized artist who, with his intense and debated works, has established himself in the contemporary art scene, becoming one of its most prominent exponents.

Book now your ticket to visit Damien Hirts' exhibition in Venice! The ticket includes the skip the line entry that will allow you to access Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana without wasting your time at the ticket office... At the Bell Tower entrance, you have only to show to the staff member your voucher with Qr code, which you will get at the end of the online ticket reservation!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff


Period: From 09 April 2017 to 03 December 2017

Event location: Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana, Venice

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