Damien Hirst stakes all on his Venice treasure comeback show

The only thing certain about the artist’s secret exhibition is that he has a lot riding on it

Sarah Hughes

Damien Hirst

One of the sunken treasures that will feature in Damien Hirst’s Venetian exhibition. Photograph: Christoph Gerigk/Damien Hirst and Science Ltd

Two Venetian museums, the Palazzo Grassi and the Punta della Dogana, will fling open their doors in a fortnight and allow visitors to view one of the most tightly guarded art exhibitions of recent years.

Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable is the first new exhibition of works by Damien Hirst since 2014’s indifferently received Schizophrenogenesis – and the stakes couldn’t be higher for British art’s jester king.

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Why we shouldn’t trust markets with our civic life

Michael Sandel

In the past three decades, says Michael Sandel, the US has drifted from a market economy to a market society; it’s fair to say that an American’s experience of shared civic life depends on how much money they have. (Three key examples: access to education, access to justice, political influence.) In a talk and audience discussion, Sandel asks us to think honestly on this question: In our current democracy, is too much for sale? Why we shouldn’t trust markets with our civic life?

Political philosopher
Michael Sandel teaches political philosophy at Harvard, exploring some of the most hotly contested moral and political issues of our time
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