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Damien Hirst Celebrates "Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable" With a New Book

Evoking the classic dive books popularized by Jacques-Yves Cousteau.

In celebration of his newly opened “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable” exhibition (which features an astounding 189 new works), Damien Hirst has released a new limited edition tome. A nod to the classic dive books popularized by Jacques-Yves Cousteau (die-cut peep hole and all), the new release offers a behind-the-scenes look at the work that went into “recovering” the exhibition’s pieces — Hirst envisioned the shipwreck of an ancient vessel that crashed off the coast of East Africa, even going so far as to submerge his sculptures for the ambitious project. Shot in the Indian Ocean over a number of years, the book is chock full of photography from Christoph Gerigk and Steve Russell and features 128 images — 94 of which are double-page spreads — across its 240 gold-edged pages.

Limited to just 1,000 signed and numbered copies, The Undersea Salvage Operation: Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable is available now from Hirst’s own Other Criteria for £250 GBP (approximately $322 USD).

“Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable” is on display now at Italy’s Palazzo Grassi in Venice and will remain on view until December.

Palazzo Grassi
P.IVA 01959810274
San Samuele 3231
30124 Venice
Italy

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