“Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable” – Damien Hirst’s Latest Exhibition

On April 9th, the new exhibition of Damien Hirst was opened in Venice.

His new major project is called “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable” and it is displayed across 5,000 square metres of museum space (it is located in two famous venues – Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana). The artist has worked on the exhibition in hiding for almost 10 years.

The exhibition tells the story of the ancient wreck of a vast ship, the “Unbelievable” (Apistos in the original Koine Greek), and presents what was discovered of its precious cargo: the impressive collection of Aulus Calidius Amotan – a freed slave better known as Cif Amotan II – which was destined for a temple dedicated to the sun.

(This quote comes from the Palazzo Grassi Website)

Damien Hirst, "The Severed Head of Medusa"
Damien Hirst, “The Severed Head of Medusa”, photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS/SIAE 2017.
Mickey, a bronze sculpture of Mickey Mouse imagined as an antiquity dredged up from the bottom of the sea.
A bronze sculpture of Mickey, Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2017; Photograph by Prudence Cuming Associates.

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Found by Hanna Paulouskaya



Ancient Gestures in “Rock the Beat” Game

“Rock the Beat” game (PL: “Palce w pralce”) consists of clapping hands to the rhythm of the famous Queen song “We Will Rock You” and showing different gestures. The gestures are presented on the cards which are distributed to the players at the different stages of the game session.

We can find a variety of gesture cards in many different editions of the game. In the Polish version we encounter a card which presents Diogenes in a barrel – in the English one we find an Egyptian gesture card. Do you know any other examples of Antiquity-related gestures in this game? If so please share it with us!


The first photo was made by the author of this post, the second photo comes from the Board Game Geek Website: https://boardgamegeek.com/image/1466138/rock-beat.

Found by Dorota Bazylczyk



Fireman Sam and His “Mythical” Vehicles

Fireman Sam – the hero from a children animation – employs many vehicles that bear names of the ancient gods: Jupiter, Juno, Mercury, Neptune, etc. While these names may also refer to the planets, the inflatable rescue boat Neptune is surely under the protection of the Roman god of the sea.


Phot. from Amazon. For more information see: http://firemansam.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Vehicles

Found by Eleni Kechagia-Ovseiko, Nuffield College, Oxford

Basilisk in the Multimedia Fountains Park in Warsaw

Basilisk, a legendary creature whose lair was at the Old Town in Warsaw, will appear in this year’s Multimedia Fountains Park Show.

Come and see for yourselves, if you dare a meeting eye to eye with the Basilisk!

Phot. (left) from https://www.facebook.com/multimedialnyparkfontann/ and (right) by Adrian Grycuk – Praca własna, CC BY-SA 3.0 pl, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20485822

Found by Katarzyna Marciniak

Calvin the Bookworm Birdie and Archimedes

Remember Archimedes! He can save your life… and image;-). For more see the book by Jeniffer Berne (text), Keith Bendis (ill.), Calvin, Look Out! A Bookworm Birdie Gets Glasses, 2014


Polish edition: Kajtek, uważaj! Mały miłośnik książek zakłada okulary, trans. Janusz Kokoszewski, Dorota Koman (Warsaw 2017). Phot. from the blog: http://wnaszejbajce.pl/kajtekuwazaj-jeniffer-berne/

Found by Katarzyna Marciniak