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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Velvet Chair by Sand & Birch

Velvet chair in new colours to match your taste and your home. This model takes its shape from the idea of a ribbon three times wrapped on itself. Thanks to its slenderness due to the absence of arms, and its thin size, Velvet Chair perfectly and elegantly fits in every place of your home. Its structure is made of curved wood and covering is available in three different versions: velvet, fabric or lacquered. Soon you can see our complete range of colours. Here green and brown versions.
Velvet Chair

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Art in 2017: major events and museum openings

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Whatever else 2017 brings, there can be no doubt that it is a bumper year for major art events. Here are a few stand-outs in a very crowded calendar.

The Grand Tour

Once every decade, international contemporary art’s three most prestigious events – the Venice Biennale, Documenta and Sculpture Projects Munster – all take place in the same year, resulting in much frantic scheduling by dedicated followers of very latest in visual culture. 

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Most Read on Passport Economies in 2016

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2016 has been a challenging year for the global economy, with two major political shocks in advanced economies – the UK’s decision to leave the EU, and the election of Donald Trump to the US presidency. In economic terms, the year has been defined by uncertainty, and consumers have reacted to this by reducing expenditure – with growth in global consumer expenditure slowing to 2.4% in real terms – the lowest rate of growth since the financial crisis. Our macro model was the focus of our economic analysis with the uncertainty facing the global economy highlighting the need to explore alternative growth scenarios.

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