Museums

British Museum’s battle on the home front during the First World War

Archive reveals how air raids threatened the collection and King George V intervened to stop the building being requisitioned

Published online: 30 July 2014

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Palestinian Museum remains on track despite Gaza conflict

Director says museum in West Bank will connect communities of the diaspora

Published online: 29 July 2014

Collector to lend Tracey Emin's bed to the Tate

Cologne-based industrialist, Count Christian Duerckheim, agrees ten-year loan

Published online: 29 July 2014

Director of Musée Picasso's diplomacy starts to pay off

Gift promised by artist's daughter will help Laurent Le Bon move forward

Published online: 28 July 2014

Louvre Abu Dhabi sets sights on 300 loans from French museums

Head of Agence France-Muséums leads 17-strong team based in the Gulf

Published online: 28 July 2014

Star Wars creator picks Chinese architect for Chicago museum

George Lucas's museum of narrative art due to rise on city's lakefront

Published online: 28 July 2014

 

Pamuk garners another gong

The Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk is being heaped with accolades. Pamuk, the winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in literature, has won the 2014...

Louvre's masterpieces head to the beach

As many Parisians head off for a beach vacation, the Louvre has organised a staycation special that embraces the spirit of Paris Plage. Now...

Pop group Air provides groovy backdrop to museum collection

You don’t often hear disco sounds within the hallowed walls of the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Lille. But visitors to the museum can now...

 

Washing away the varnish

The Art Institute of Chicago bought Gustave Caillebotte’s 1877 painting Paris Street; Rainy Day in 1964. Since then, it has become one of the museum’s most popular pictures. But well-known and well-loved works of art can still yield surprises. When the museum’s conservators cleaned the painting late last year, they found that beneath its varnish, Caillebotte’s technique was more complex than they had previously believed.