Museums & Heritage

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Museums

Tate will axe more than 300 jobs from its commercial arm next month

Director Maria Balshaw says the organisation has been left with “no option” but to resize as visitor figures and revenues plunge due to the pandemic

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MaXXI

MaXXI to open new museum in earthquake-ravaged L'Aquila in October

Contemporary art outpost of Rome museum will be housed in an 18th-century palace rebuilt with Russian government funds

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Grand Egyptian Museum

'Grand Egyptian Museum will be finished this year': behind the scenes of the giant $1bn project

We take a tour of Egypt’s vast antiquities museum—the future home of Tutankhamun’s treasures—before its long-awaited opening in 2021

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Museums & Heritage

Philadelphia Museum of Art vote to unionise in 89% supermajority

The victory for the organising staff comes two days after the museum announced a round of layoffs

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British Museum

After 163 days closed, British Museum will reopen on 27 August

The London museum, which will mark its reopening by showing a work by Grayson Perry, will enforce social distancing measures and a daily visitors cap

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Museums & Heritage

San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum unveils trio of new commissions, including mural by Chanel Miller

The artist, who survived a sexual assault, has created a 1,000 sq ft triptych that explores the healing process

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Hagia Sophia

Russia to fund small-scale replica Hagia Sophia in Syria that will be used as a church

Tactical move comes after Turkish president ordered historic Istanbul site to be turned into a mosque

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layoffs

Met lays off 79 more employees and furloughs 181, as it faces a ‘very different’ financial picture

Museum hoped to reopen on 29 August but the prospect remains uncertain amid coronavirus restrictions

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Philanthropy

Metropolitan Museum of Art commits to paying all interns after $5m gift

Adrienne Arsht's donation will fund the museum’s internship programme and the MetLiveArts performance series

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layoffs

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston lays off 57 employees and says 56 more will take early retirement

The museum notes that the coronavirus outbreak will continue to affect it “in the long term”

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Disasters & destruction

Snap! Tourist takes a selfie on a 19th-century Canova sculpture—and breaks off two toes

Concerns raised about how the visitor gained access to the Paolina Bonaparte cast

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Heritage

Origins of Stonehenge's giant slabs revealed in new research

Sample taken in 1958 was key in discovering ancient site’s "geochemical fingerprint"

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Disasters & destruction

Rescue and assessment efforts underway for gutted Brazilian museum

Maintenance was under par at Museum of Natural History and Botanical Gardens of the University of Minas Gerais

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Directors

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit director dismissed amid accusations of a toxic work atmosphere

Museum says inquiry showed that Elysia Borowy-Reeder fell short on diversity and on promoting a healthy environment

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Museums & Heritage

US House votes to establish a National Museum of the American Latino

Bill calls for an institution honouring the contributions of a population that numbers nearly 60 million

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Museums & Heritage

ICA Miami expands online programming and scholarship with $2m grant

The institution’s Art + Research Center will be renamed after the Knight Foundation in light of gift, which funds two new positions and educational initiatives

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Disasters & destruction

The unluckiest museums in the world? Croatia faces string of natural disasters

Zagreb was hit by an earthquake in March at the height of Covid-19, and now by a severe storm

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Museums & Heritage

Robert Longo rallies artists to donate $1m worth of art for Guild Hall benefit show

Instead of its annual summer gala, the long-running East Hampton art space will host a selling exhibition to raise funds

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Prizes

Five museums will share £200,000 as Art Fund reboots 2020 prize to battle coronavirus crisis

Museum of the Year prize has been changed from £140,000 awards and the shortlist will be announced in October

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Museums & Heritage

One out of three US museums may shut down forever, a survey confirms

Institutions report decline in operating reserves and planned reductions in museum services like education

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Museums & Heritage

Coalition calls for removal of director of Detroit Institute of Arts

Anonymous current and former staff members describe “hostile and chaotic work culture” under Salvador Salort-Pons

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Museums & Heritage

Some of Hagia Sophia’s mosaics will be covered during Muslim prayers

A spokesman for Turkish President Ergodan said curtains would hide depictions of the Virgin Mary and the archangel Gabriel when the site opens for worshippers on Friday

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Museums & Heritage

New York's Frick Collection will open at Madison Avenue location in early 2021

After the Met vacates the Breuer building, the Frick will take over with a chronological presentation of masterworks

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Museums & Heritage

'Museums need to press the reset button and become more radical'

Directors and curators should consider this challenging moment as an opportunity diversify the stories they tell and the staff that tell them

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Museums & Heritage

Cultural love-in between Italy and Russia sets ‘soft power’ alarm bells ringing

Growing unease as the special relationship between the two countries gains momentum during the Covid-19 crisis

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Australia

Sydney's Powerhouse Museum saved from sell-off, but debate rages on

NSW government scraps controversial billion-dollar relocation plan but faces questions from community groups and parliament

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Russia

State Russian Museum staff decry damage to antique picture frames

Petition to museum management raises alarm over frames in "critical condition" from improper storage

Podcast

Staff cuts: are museums protecting their workers?

Plus, curator Emily Butler on Rhea Storr's video art. Produced in association with Christie's

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Museums & Heritage

SFMoMA releases a plan for diversity reforms

Following weeks of upheaval among current and former staff, the museum has issued a list of actions to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion

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Controversies

Musée d'Orsay cuts ties with Montreal Museum of Fine Arts over sacking of director Nathalie Bondil

International museum leaders speak out against the treatment of "the best, most dynamic, and most innovative art museum director in North America"

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Museums & Heritage

San Francisco university in talks with US government about preserving New Deal-era murals slated for destruction

The General Services Administration considers paintings by Bernard Zakheim federal property on loan to the school, it says

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Museums & Heritage

Museums in western Massachusetts reopen

Big campuses and outdoor displays at Mass Moca and the Clark allow for easier social distancing

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Photography

An adventure with photography: MoMA receives 300-work Gayle Greenhill Collection

The gift from the late patron’s husband will also help create a photography endowment fund through the sale of some works

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Museums & Heritage

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts axes director Nathalie Bondil after public spat over museum management

Ouster came after the long-serving leader was "sidelined" as a successor took over her duties

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Museums & Heritage

‘Racist’ gallery in Liverpool museum to be overhauled in light of Black Lives Matter

World Cultures Gallery at the World Museum ‘privileges the actions of white colonial collectors’, says curator

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Museums & Heritage

Germany's Holocaust memorial sites fight against surge in far-right threats

Former concentration camps are being increasingly drawn into culture wars by “normal-looking” people challenging guides and disrupting tours

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Museums & Heritage

Tate and National Gallery commercial units to cut hundreds of employees

While the museums’ staff have avoided layoffs, their colleagues in retail and catering have not been as lucky

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Museums & Heritage

Hagia Sophia will be mosque again, Turkish president Erdogan says

The controversial decision is likely to set off a storm among cultural heritage officials

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Royal Academy of Arts

Picasso show sells out before it even reopens—but Royal Academy of Arts is still making a loss

The London institution has reopened after four months of coronavirus lockdown but under very different circumstances

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Museums & Heritage

A crisis in community reach: MoMA's arts educators on the consequences of their contract cuts

Poorly paid and with few employment benefits, freelance museum educators are more likely to be people of colour compared with full-time staff

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Museums & Heritage

'If a person of African descent wants a career in the arts—well, good luck'

Only by looking backwards can we start to tackle inequality in the arts sector, says Gus Casely-Hayford, the director of V&A East

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Canada

Art Gallery of Ontario reopens with other Canadian museums to follow this month

Institutions across the country are cautiously welcoming back visitors

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Museums & Heritage

UK's historic houses fight for survival post-lockdown after financial crash

Heritage organisations such as the National Trust rely on visitors for most of their income—but they have been staying away

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United Kingdom

Museums still under financial pressure despite UK’s £1.57bn rescue package for the arts

National cultural institutions and English Heritage will receive £100m, making up half the losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic

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Museums & Heritage

Decolonising museums: the new network opening up the diversity debate in the Netherlands

Cultural institutions from Amsterdam to Utrecht will work together to advance diversity and inclusion in programming, audiences and staff

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Museums & Heritage

US needs monuments celebrating African American history, not Confederate statues

Telling America’s overlooked stories is fundamental to building a true national identity, says preservationist Brent Leggs

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Museums

Half of British public not comfortable visiting museums or exhibitions post-lockdown

As museums begin to reopen across the UK this month, a new poll by Ipsos Mori suggests many are simply not ready for visiting exhibitions

Podcast

The destruction of Australia’s ancient Aboriginal heritage

Plus, art under threat in Putin's Russia and George Shaw on Thomas Jones. Produced in association with Christie's

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Australia

‘Broken’ heritage laws: Australia launches investigation after 46,000-year-old Aboriginal rock art is obliterated

Parliamentary enquiry will examine how mining giant Rio Tinto obtained legal right to destroy ancient Juukan Gorge site

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Unions

In a virtual rally, Carnegie Museums employees launch union organising drive

Goals include a greater role in decision-making at the four Pittsburgh institutions, which reopened Monday

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Job losses

Art Institute of Chicago lays off 51 employees

Cuts come as US museums slash costs in response to loss of revenue

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Public sculpture

Essex’s unlikely sculpture town is set for a renaissance

Built in the wake of the Second World War, Harlow maintains a remarkable collection with pieces by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Rodin

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Keith Haring

Once hidden, Keith Haring’s Amsterdam mural is ready for restoration

Conservators will repair paint losses and weatherproof a work that the artist executed “in a sort of frenzy” in 1986

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Musée du Louvre

'I am not too worried by crowd problems': Louvre director predicts visitor numbers will drop by 80%

Jean-Luc Martinez believes that capitalising on the museum's permanent collection will be key to recovery

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Museums & Heritage

Institutions need to follow artists’ lead to make a material impact on the world

Museums can learn a lot from artists like Mark Bradford, Shan Wallace and Rick Lowe about how to more effectively engage with their communities

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Job losses

Philadelphia Museum of Art to eliminate more than 20% of its staff

Loss of jobs comes amid plunge in revenue from coronavirus shutdown

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Museums & Heritage

Facebook and Instagram ban trading of historical artefacts

Heritage group Athar were part of a campaign highlighting the social media giants' “black market in antiquities”

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Interview

Kaywin Feldman on how America's National Gallery of Art will 'attract the nation and reflect it, too'

The Washington museum's first female director is breaking down old silos and diversifying the staff, collection and exhibitions

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Museums & Heritage

Seattle Art Museum responds gamely to fake news release saying it is dissolving

Institution says announcement that it will be run by organisations led by black and indigenous Americans was “a well-done piece of satire”

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diversity

Curators at Guggenheim demand ‘urgent’ reforms of racial inequities at museum

In a letter to management, they call for minority hiring efforts and an inquiry into the treatment of guest curator

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Conservation & Preservation

Menokin preservation project offers a literal window onto layers of Virginia history

Structural glass replaces missing walls and floors of a 1769 house, exposing indelible links to slavery

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Protests

Protest letter urges New York art institutions to rectify ‘egregious acts’ rooted in white supremacy

Signatories cite “unfair practices”, unequal pay and lack of diversity

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racism

In open-letter, Jewish Museum staff ask for greater diversity and transparency

The move follows growing frustration after a Zoom meeting among employees and upper management at the New York institution

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Acquisitions

Giuseppe Penone presents two big gifts of drawings to Philadelphia Museum of Art and Centre Pompidou

Arte Povera sculptor hopes that his donations of hundreds of works on paper will start a dialogue

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Funding

Museums will need ethical funders all the more after the coronavirus crisis

As institutions reopen their doors to a world that has changed significantly, public scrutiny of private money is not going away

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Museums & Heritage

In numbers: the visitors, ticket sales and fundraising revenue UK national museums can expect as they reopen

We do the sums as the culture sector plans to get back to business

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Museums

Eight ways museums could make the most of the coronavirus crisis

Failure to seize this opportunity to make changes would be a graver error than any breach of etiquette

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Museums & Heritage

Istanbul Museum of Painting and Sculpture plagued by delays after top curators quit

Turkey’s national modern art collection, closed off for much of its 80-year existence, will be hard-pressed to open $25m new building this year

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Protests

MCA Chicago renounces future contracts with police until changes are made

Museums calls for policies that “respect black communities”

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Racial injustice

MOCA Cleveland apologises to black artist whose show it cancelled

Shaun Leonardo, who depicted victims of police violence, has accused the museum of censorship

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Funding

UK arts funders unlock crisis grants after coronavirus—but at what cost?

Unrestricted money from public and private sources is helping to keep hard-hit organisations running, but capital projects could suffer

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Disasters & destruction

Mining company Rio Tinto apologises for destruction of 46,000-year-old Aboriginal site

Blasting of two ancient rock shelters at Juukan Gorge was authorised in 2013 by Western Australia state government

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Museums & Heritage

High Museum in Atlanta will open for child summer art camps in June

School-ages visitors will have the run of the institution for a month before it opens to members, front-line and healthcare workers, with public reopening set for 18 July

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Walker Art Center

Citing killing, Walker Art Center says it will suspend use of police services for special events

Museum calls for holding Minneapolis officers accountable for excessive force and treating people of colour with respect

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Openings

Netherlands gets first 'startup' museum for new media art

Nxt Museum to open in Amsterdam on 29 August with immersive installations by pioneering artists, designers, technologists and scientists