The Damien Hirst exhibition here and at palazzo grassi (until 3rd December 2017) is called Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable. I can honestly say I was overwhelmed.
|The Shield of Achilles (Gold, silver) (114 x 112.5 x 7 cm)|
I was almost overwhelmed at the Punta Della Dogana when I saw the 7 meters 13 centimeters tall bronze The Warrior and the Bear but later when I visited palazzo grassi and stood in wonderment before the monumental painted resin creation of the headless 18 meters 22 centimeters tall Demon with Bowl (a monster which overpowered even the high and airy atrium) I have to confess that I was more than overwhelmed.
I realized then how the ancient peoples must have felt during their uncertain times (war, famine, pestilence, flood, earthquake, mass population movement, confusion of languages and so on) when their over-dimensional monuments to their various gods and deities failed them.
Luckily before entering palazzo grassi, where my camera hand was to be soon gripped by a kind of psychological paralysis, I had taken some photos at the Punta Della Dogana.
|palazzo grassi - Head of a Demon (Bronze)|
All the following are to be seen at Punta Della Dogana -
|Skull of a Unicorn (Gold, silver)|
|Golden Monkey (Black granite)|
|Hydra and Kali (Bronze) (5m39 x 6m12 x 2m44)|
|The Warrior and the Bear (detail) (Bronze)|
|The Warrior and the Bear|
(7m13 x 2m60 x2m03)
(Red marble, grey agate, gold leaf)
Other exhibits include:
Metamorphosis, Calendar Stone, Proteus, Skull of a Cyclops, Bacchus, Giant Nautilus Shell, Hermaphrodite, Andromeda and the Sea Monster, the Severed Head of Medusa, a scale model of the vessel 'Unbelievable' . . .