While in Venice we went to two museums, the Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana, with a show called Daniel Hirst Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable, which featured what we thought were real treasures found in 2008 off coast of Africa 2,000 years after it went down. There were photos of the “treasures” being found and hauled up to a ship but the coral on the pieces looked suspiciously bright and colorful and there were also statues looking like Micky Mouse. I’m not sure what it was all about but I enjoyed both buildings and the views.
The view from the Punta della Dogana which is shaped rather like a boat and has views of Venice, like this one, from every side.
Here was a photo showing a diver with one of the “found” treasures. It turns out that the statues we saw were actually submerged for a month or so.
Then here is the statue with that bright coral and a body like a Playboy model. This was when I said, “Hmm”.
As you can see, some of the statues were enormous.
The second part of the show was in the Palazzo Grassi which featured this enormous statue and made you think, “No wonder that ship went down!”.
There was even a model of the ship. So even though it was not real, and we had no idea that it wasn’t when we went, we enjoyed it.