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Emma Crichton-Miller

I object: Ian Hislop’s search for dissent

British Museum, 6th September to 20th January 2019

History is written by the victors, but objects can tell another story. Private Eye’s Ian Hislop (above) has picked around 100 objects from the museum’s stores to highlight an alternative legacy of subversion. A cuneiform tablet from 539BC gleefully details the failures of Nabonidus, last king of the neo- Babylonian empire. A terracotta oil lamp shows Cleopatra riding a phallus. An Edward VIII penny from 1913 is defaced with the message, “Votes For Women.” And Banksy’s prank fragment of wall art smuggled into the museum in 2005, taunts the institution itself.

Ribera: Art of Violence

Dulwich Picture Gallery, 26th September to 27th January 2019

Xavier Bray, the curator of the revelatory 2009 National Gallery exhibition The Sacred Made Real: Spanish Painting and Sculpture 1600–1700, here introduces that supreme exponent of sensual, violent Counter Reformation Spanish painting, Jusepe de Ribera (1591-1652). Eight large canvases, together with drawings and prints, show how Ribera’s shocking images of bodies in pain reflect an extended artistic, religious and cultural engagement with the depiction of bodily suffering.

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In Prospect's September issue: Twenty-five years after the Oslo Accords, Israeli politician and former Knesset speaker Avraham Burg and journalist Donald Macintyre explore how the idea of a two-state solution to the Israel/Palestine conflict has diminished, with Burg arguing that a one-state solution is the only way forward. Jane Martinson visited the offices of the UK’s biggest-selling newspaper—Metro—to find out how it has risen to the top. Adam Tooze charts the ups and downs of the euro and argues that decisions made by the ECB have hampered the currency during its first 20 years in existence. Elsewhere in the issue: Michael Blastland suggests that early diagnosis isn’t all it’s made out to be and that many people have endured unnecessary suffering in an attempt to live longer. Wendy Ide examines the life and work of director David Lynch as she reviews his new memoir, which offers a glimpse behind the curtain.