Museums & Heritage

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Museums & Heritage

Original 1978 rainbow flag designed by Gilbert Baker acquired by San Francisco’s GLBT Historical Society

The banner, thought lost for more than 40 years, was recently authenticated by a vexillographer who had worked with the artist

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Museums & Heritage

Revising a mostly white ‘greatest hits’ narrative, Seattle Art Museum will overhaul its American art galleries

Museum invites three artists to serve as co-authors of collection displays and enlists 10 local experts to help generate inclusive stories

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Appointments

Raphaela Platow to take over as director of the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky

The experienced curator and leader comes from the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, where she grew attendance by 400%

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Statues

'Geffrye must fall': Labour MP Diane Abbott leads protests demanding slaver statue be removed from London museum

Former UK shadow home secretary led protests at the Museum of the Home in Hoxton, which reopened to the public at the weekend

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Museums & Heritage

Paris's landmark Hôtel de la Marine opens to visitors—and co-working offices—after four years of restoration

The 550-room palace has undergone a €132m makeover by the Centre des Monuments Nationaux

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Appointments

Museum hiring rebounds? US institutions announce a string of appointments to leadership and curatorial positions

It is still not clear how quickly the lower levels of staff, which were hardest hit by pandemic job losses, will recover

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Robert E. Lee’s former Virginia mansion reopens to the public with an enlightening focus on the enslaved

Arlington House, where wealthy white privilege contrasts with bondage and suffering, has undergone a $12.3m rehabilitation and reinterpretation

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reopenings

London's Courtauld Gallery to reopen in November with new exhibition spaces and a commission by Cecily Brown

LVMH Great Room and Blavatnik Fine Rooms reflect generous backing from sponsors

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Museums & Heritage

Paris's indebted Fan Museum at risk of folding

Income losses during the pandemic have pushed the private museum and fan-making workshop to the brink

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Openings

Home truths: east London's museum of domestic life emerges from lockdown after £18.8m makeover

Museum of the Home reopens on 12 June with double the public space in its 18th-century almshouse buildings

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Museums & Heritage

Centre Pompidou plans to open a satellite museum in Jersey City in 2024

The venue, the French institution’s first in North America, will exhibit borrowed works and serve as an “art laboratory”

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Conservation & Preservation

Neglected corners of US history: National Trust for Historic Preservation designates 11 most endangered places

Places range from Alabama farms where civil rights marchers once camped to a Utah site where Chinese railroad labourers stayed

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Museums & Heritage

Minneapolis Institute of Art announces over $19m in gifts, including funds for a diversity officer, Latin American curator and deputy director

Museum, under pressure to embrace equity while facing revenue losses, says the money will shore up its endowment and operating budget

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Museums & Heritage

Pressure mounts for Italy to buy Torlonia marbles—world's finest collection of Greco-Roman antiquities still in private hands

As a landmark exhibition in Rome draws to a close, government's plans for long-hidden group of ancient sculpture remain unclear

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Union organising

Whitney voluntarily recognises a union local, sparing employees the need to organise a vote

From curators to porters, more than 180 workers are involved in the effort as labour campaigns multiply among US art institutions

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Tulsa Race Massacre

Calls for reparations lead the commemoration of Tulsa Massacre

US President Biden acknowledged during visit that "some injustices are so heinous… they cannot be buried"

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Stand by your man—or don’t: Ragnar Kjartansson will dissect the patriarchy of pop music at the Guggenheim for Independence Day

Women and non-binary musician will perform non-stop love songs in the museum’s rotunda over the holiday weekend

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Museums & Heritage

After warnings that a third of US museums could close, a survey indicates that just 15% are at significant risk

Poll conducted in April yields optimism that financial fallout from the pandemic will be less severe than feared

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Museums & Heritage

Door still open to Hermitage Barcelona after city council calls for revised project

Ongoing negotiations for a new satellite of the Russian museum will focus on a collaboration with the Barcelona opera house

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Race

The Greenwood Massacre, America’s ‘single worst incident of racial violence’, is remembered 100 years on

The historic example of domestic terrorism, when white mobs killed hundreds of Black residents and destroyed businesses, finally gets due recognition

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Openings

MaXXI L'Aquila hopes to kickstart cultural revival in earthquake-damaged Italian city

New branch of Rome's national contemporary art museum opens next week in a restored 18th-century palace

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Exhibitions

The David and Goliath of art collections team up—London’s National Gallery loans nine works to Southampton

Maverick museum chief Kenneth Clark helped shape the Southampton City Art Gallery's collection

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Conservation

Twelve down, one to go: epic restoration of 16th-century, English tapestries nears completion after 20 years

Conservation of the panels—bought by Elizabethan noblewoman Bess of Hardwick—has been National Trust's "most lengthy and expensive textile project"

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reopenings

Smithsonian will reopen its remaining 10 museums on a staggered schedule starting next month

Venues in Washington, DC and New York will require masks and many will have reduced hours

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Conservation & Preservation

Woolworth Building in San Antonio, a landmark in civil rights history, is spared from demolition

1921 former dime store, which peacefully desegregated its lunch counter in 1960, will house an Alamo museum

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Appointments & departures

Laurence des Cars will be the first woman to lead the Louvre in its history

A seasoned director with an emphasis on the social role of museums, she replaces Jean-Luc Martinez as the Louvre's president-director on 1 September

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Museums & Heritage

What it's like to visit museums now—and how Covid-19 has fundamentally changed them long term

Coronavirus restrictions have dramatically altered the visitor experience, but the changes run deeper than mask-wearing and one-way systems

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Unions

Brooklyn Museum employees seek to form a union bargaining unit

The labour chapter would represent 130 curators, conservators, front-desk staff and others

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diversity

Exclusive survey: what progress have US museums made on diversity, after a year of racial reckoning?

We asked art institutions around the country about their efforts to diversify their workforces, exhibition programmes, permanent collections and audiences

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Museums & Heritage

Germany launches African museum exchange programme to discuss returning looted objects

New government initiative MuseumsLab aims to foster more international co-operation and consider topics including decolonisation and restitution

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Museums & Heritage

San Diego’s arts institutions cry out as mayor maintains 50% reduction in city funding into 2022

Prolonging the pain will not help the culture sector—a formerly $1bn industry that supported 36,000 full-time jobs—bounce back, leaders say

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Appointments & departures

Culture professionals react to Tony Hall quitting as National Gallery chair amid BBC Princess Diana scandal

John Kingman, the London museum's deputy chair, will temporarily step into the role

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Soviet art

Campaigners fight to preserve monumental Soviet-era murals in Ukraine

Victor Arnautoff’s large-scale 1960s mosaics on public buildings in Mariupol are threatened by neglect and a “decommunisation” campaign

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Museums & Heritage

The first ‘wall to wall’ museum union in the US turns one year old

Staff labour organisers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art reflect on their accomplishments

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'Art is our spiritual oxygen': new shows to see in London and New York

We discuss Matthew Barney, Igshaan Adams, Eileen Agar and Louise Bourgeois

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Adventures with Van Gogh

How a Van Gogh painting was stolen from a Cairo museum—not once, but twice

The Khalil Museum, with its fabled Impressionists in a mansion by the Nile, has reopened after an 11-year renovation—without Vincent’s flower still-life

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Openings

UCCA Edge: Shanghai outpost of Beijing museum opens to China's 'most engaged and active' contemporary art audience

Opening exhibition looks back at the global emergence of the Chinese art world at the 2000 Shanghai Biennale

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Auctions

Newark Museum of Art’s much-disputed sale of Thomas Cole painting nets $988,000

Auction at Sotheby’s yields promising yet mixed results for museum’s drive to fund collections care

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Openings

Chez Victor Hugo: author's former Paris home reopens after revamp

Closed for five months longer than planned, the renovated house-museum can finally unveil expanded spaces, restored treasures and new acquisitions

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Victoria & Albert Museum

V&A confirms it will keep its focus on materials—but workforce will be reduced by 15% to cut costs

Following backlash over proposed chronological reorganisation of London museum, specialist departments will now remain

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Openings

As French museums reopen, Loire region unveils Modern art collection in a Medieval abbey

The Fontevraud Modern Art Museum, housed in a 12th-century monastery’s former stables, will preserve more than 800 works donated by collectors Martine and Léon Cligman

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Museums & Heritage

Employees at the Whitney and Hispanic Society seek to unionise

Job stability and ongoing inequities have become even more pressing during the pandemic, workers say

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Museums & Heritage

Hermitage Amsterdam close to reaching €1m in urgent crowdfunding appeal to survive Covid-19 crisis

The privately funded Dutch branch of the State Hermitage Museum has attracted 10,000 donations from the public but director says "we're not done yet"

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Museums & Heritage

National Museum of Women in the Arts will close for two-year renovation

The $66m project includes expanding galleries, creating research and education spaces and restoring its landmark 1908 building

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Museums & Heritage

'A vast underwater museum': Greece plans to open shipwrecks and other submerged heritage sites for visitors to explore

Experienced divers and casual bathers alike will gain access to ancient marine monuments, which remain where they were found on the seabed

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Museums & Heritage

Fuelling culture war, UK government forms new 'retain and explain' board for controversial monuments

"Independence cuts both ways," UK culture secretary Oliver Dowden warns museums and heritage bodies

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Off with her head! Infrared technology shows how a 15th-century French king used a paintbrush to replace one wife with another

Francis I of Brittany had his first wife painted over in a medieval prayer book before giving it to his new spouse, research at Cambridge's Fitzwilliam Museum shows

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Appointments & departures

Katerina Gregos will lead the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens as artistic director

The museum looks to a “new era” after a difficult history, including long delays in the opening its new home and the termination of two of its directors by the Culture Ministry

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Appointments

National Gallery of Art recruits the first woman and person of colour to serve as its chief curator

As the museum commits itself to diversity, E. Carmen Ramos, a curator of Latino art, will be “the principal architect of the visitor experience”

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Indigenous peoples

The Metropolitan Museum installs a plaque on its façade honouring the Lenape people, driven out of their New York City land

Museum says the move is intended to promote “truthful narratives” and promote social change

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Chinati will use $1.25m Start Small grant to restore sites and train young women in preservation skills

Support comes from the Covid relief fund launched last year by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who has visited the Marfa arts centre

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Museums & Heritage

A fatal Mafia bombing shook Florence in 1993—now the Uffizi is fixing damage to its famous Vasari corridor with memorials of the attack

Work on the 760m-long Renaissance passageway, which has been closed for safety since 2016, will be completed in May next year

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Remains

How a ceremonial shrunken head, held by a US university for decades, was finally returned to Ecuador

A newly published research paper explains the authentication and repatriation process for a tsantsa once housed in Mercer University’s natural history collection

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Loot

Looted Libyan sculpture seized at Heathrow Airport heads back home with help from the British Museum

The funerary piece was illicitly excavated from the ancient city of Cyrene which is under threat from property developers

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Museums & Heritage

‘The Colosseum is the last thing I would spend money on’: experts angry over plans for €15m floor at Italy’s most famous site

Archaeologists object to covering the amphitheatre's unique underground space and point to more vital restoration projects in the country

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Building projects

'Intelligent design': Frank Gehry's surprisingly subtle $233m makeover of Philadelphia Museum of Art revealed

Architect's Core Project expansion creates 90,000 sq. ft of new galleries and reimagined public spaces at heart of 1928 landmark

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Los Angeles

Eli Broad, an unexpected—and often unreasonable—arts patron

The self-made billionaire helped shape the Los Angeles art scene, while clashing with most of its prominent museum leaders

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Museums & Heritage

UK culture war heats up as arts professionals question veto of trustee appointment at Royal Museums Greenwich

Museums Association says government refusal to renew academic Aminul Hoque’s term is “worrying”, and the chair of trustees has resigned over the decision

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Exhibitions

Met's next Costume Institute show is an exploration of the emotional hues of American fashion

The two-part exhibition invokes the upheaval of the past year and will be accompanied by an "intimate" gala this September and then a more expansive benefit next May

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Obituaries

Eli Broad, who helped reshape the cultural landscape of Los Angeles, has died, aged 87

Billionaire art collector, businessman and philanthropist founded the museum that bears his name and helped shore up Disney Concert Hall, Lacma and MOCA

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Benin Bronzes

Global survey: where in the world are the Benin bronzes?

Around 160 institutions hold looted Benin artefacts, but how many are prepared to give them back? We asked museums in five countries for their position on restitution

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Victoria & Albert Museum

V&A restores casts of warriors that adorned ancient Iranian palace for once-in-a-lifetime display

New exhibition on 5,000 years of Iranian civilisation will feature museum's rarely seen replicas of life-sized friezes from King Darius’s “very excellent” palace

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Appointments & departures

Philanthropist Marie-Josée Kravis will replace the embattled Leon Black as MoMA’s board chairman

Appointment follows controversy over Black's ties to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein

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Covid-19

Museums weigh in on the vaccine passport debate, as countries are under pressure to open up their economies

As Israel and Denmark introduce Covid-19 status certificates, institutions are concerned that government schemes may keep visitors away

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reopenings

Smithsonian will reopen eight museums and other venues in May after more than five-month closures

National of Gallery of Art also plans to open its West Building in Washington, DC

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Museums & Heritage

Nathalie Bondil, ousted head of Montreal museum, joins Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris

Her first task at the French institution will be to expand its international programming and partnerships

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Medieval art

'Hurrah, it’s leprosy!' How a conservator and a historian are decoding the grisly tales in Canterbury Cathedral’s stained-glass windows

New research for British Museum exhibition means panels depicting St Thomas Becket's healing miracles will be correctly reassembled after centuries in the wrong order

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Museums & Heritage

Museum extension allows Indigenous Sámi people to welcome home more than 2,000 artefacts held in Finland

An exhibition at the National Museum of Finland will celebrate the objects' repatriation to the Sámi Museum and Nature Centre Siida in northern Lapland

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Appointments

Peabody Essex Museum enlists its former deputy director to assume the top post

Lynda Roscoe Hartigan will head back as director after serving just a year at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto

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Museums & Heritage

Why we are projecting First Nations art on the Sydney Opera House

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists are front and centre in the Art Gallery of New South Wales's expansion plans, writes museum director Michael Brand

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coronavirus

Some New York museums will ramp up to 50% visitor capacity next week under relaxed limits announced by governor

Others welcome the change while scrutinising their Covid-19 safety procedures

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George Floyd

‘Still much work to be done’: artists and US museums react to Derek Chauvin conviction in George Floyd murder trial

Former police officer faces up 40 years in prison, but systemic racism must now be addressed, says San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

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Resignations

Senior curator and human resources director resign from MOCA in Los Angeles

Curator cites management resistance to diversity effort, and personnel manager describes a “hostile environment”

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Private Museums

Australian billionaire’s proposed museum for $380m art collection angers rural community

Planning application for Melbourne businessman Lindsey Hogg’s Rosemaur Gallery has international support but faces local opposition

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Leonora Carrington

At home with the Surrealists: Leonora Carrington's Mexico City house and studio to open to the public

University-led project prepares artist's home of 65 years and its 8,000 objects for guided tours starting later this year

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Redevelopment

Lithuanian prison—once a set for Netflix series Stranger Things—could become a major museum under redevelopment plan

Historic building in the heart of the capital Vilnius to be split up and turned into restaurants, hotels and other commercial and cultural spaces

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Resignations

On the heels of director’s resignation, board president of Wadsworth Atheneum also steps down

Connecticut museum, which has been seeking to expand involvement with local community, cites “personal reasons”

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Museums

Jean-Luc Martinez stays in post as Louvre director—for now

Museum chief is named "interim" director while President Macron decides if he should continue as head of the Paris institution

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Detroit Institute of Arts

‘Each employee is very important’: Embattled director of Detroit Institute of Arts responds to findings about management missteps

Salvador Salort-Pons says he has been working with a leadership coach to address complaints about staff members feeling undervalued

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Restitution

UCLA’s Fowler Museum to reach out to Nigeria about returning its Benin bronzes

As restitution momentum builds, director of Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art says it could lead discussions for the return of looted Benin objects in US museum collections

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coronavirus

Survey finds that 43% of people in US museums field have lost income because of the pandemic

Financial impact is particularly severe for independent contractors, and the average toll on mental health appears serious

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Museums

Unesco issues three key recommendations to help museums following report that reveals scale of Covid-19 crisis

Among the innumerable concerns expressed by international institutions are loss of public funding, threats to the security of collections and a decrease in visitors

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Dia Art Foundation

After a $20m renovation, Dia is poised to re-emerge as a force in Chelsea

Refurbished space will showcase under-recognised artists, starting with Lucy Raven, and serve as a hub for the foundation's 11 sites

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Pompeii

Pompeii's new director Gabriel Zuchtriegel: how archaeology moves beyond the 'elitist male gaze' of history

The German-born archaeologist tells us about his fascination with the ancient world and the need to involve visitors in the discovery process

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Museums

Cairo's palatial museum full of Impressionist treasures—closed for a decade after a Van Gogh was stolen—finally reopens to the public

Egypt's Mr & Mrs Mohamed Mahmoud Khalil Museum holds important works by artists including Paul Gauguin, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Claude Monet

Podcast

Can Netflix help solve the Isabella Stewart Gardner art heist?

Plus, vaccine passports in museums and Gossaert's Adoration

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Acquisitions

Adding to a robust trove, High Museum in Atlanta fields a gift of works by self-taught artists

Local couple donates 47 paintings, drawings and sculptures by Southerners and African Americans

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Museum expansion

Crystal Bridges plans an expansion that will boost its size by 50%

The design of new galleries and other spaces is overseen by Moshe Safdie, the Arkansas complex’s original architect

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layoffs

After avoiding layoffs, Oakland Museum of California now plans job cuts of 15%

Staff will shrink from 126 to 106 as institution pursues an organisational makeover

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Museums & Heritage

Mosul Cultural Museum rises from the ravages of Isis

Painstaking reconstruction by multi-agency task force is salvaging what artefacts remain after Islamic State occupation

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Attendance

While US museum attendance nosedived in 2020 amid pandemic, disparities in reopenings yielded a few surprises

Huntington Library in California and Crystal Bridges in Arkansas ascended to the top of the visitor figures list

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Museums & Heritage

Children’s Museum of the Arts to launch online video channel for art-loving kids

The New York institution is looking to raise $25,000 to fund future series, and children who visit will have a chance to take part in production

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Has the drop in visitors changed museums forever?

Exhibitions editor José da Silva breaks down the results from our Visitor Figures 2020 survey and digital expert Chris Unitt explains how museums have pivoted to digital

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Museums & Heritage

V&A will not scrap focus on materials in restructuring U-turn

An updated proposal will keep the collection organised around mediums instead of switching to a chronological approach

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Centre Pompidou

Centre Pompidou plans to show 120,000 works 'as much as possible' around France during three-year closure

While Paris museum undergoes renovations, Europe's biggest modern and contemporary art collection will go on tour—keeping curators employed

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British Museums

The cost of the cuts: what now for UK museums as the Covid-19 crisis bites?

Museum directors in London and the regions are cutting jobs and slashing budgets, raising concerns for the post-pandemic future of the sector

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Museums & Heritage

Gifted to the English city 80 years ago, Coventry's medieval Charterhouse will finally open to the public

After a £4.3m National Lottery Heritage Fund grant and years of restoration, the historic priory is set to open this summer

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Acquisitions

Getty acquires a striking painting by Artemisia Gentileschi of the Roman heroine Lucretia

The museum, which did not disclose the price, says the work reflects a shift to a more idealised style

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Beirut

France gives €500,000 towards reconstruction of Beirut's blast-hit Sursock Museum

French aid will restore the stained-glass windows and Arab salon of the historic villa, which was severely damaged in port explosions last August

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Museums

Musée d’Orsay in Paris renamed after late French president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing

The formal name change—an administrative move—also means the Muséee de l’Orangerie will be rebranded