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How the discovery of a nest in a Roman museum caused a kerfuffle

How the discovery of a nest in a Roman museum caused a kerfuffle

[ad_1] Nest in mouth Curious items lurk unnoticed in large museums. The photo above shows one of them: a bird’s nest seated in the mouth of a large, ancient, carved stone human face. Feedback recently had the joy of accompanying the director of one of the Netherlands’s great natural history museums when he paid a first visit to the National Roman Museum, an archaeology repository that occupies what once were Rome’s great ancient thermal baths. The previous day, a professor from University College London had visited the same site, noticed this unusual object-inside-an-object – and alerted his Dutch colleague. The professor remarked that it was hanging high on a wall in a dusty section of a large, open-air garden known as Michelangelo’s Cloister. It looked, he said, as if nobody had even glanced at it in recent times. Surely, he said, if the museum had become aware that a bird had homesteaded in that historical mask, the nest would have been removed immediately. The Dutch museum director suspected it was the work of an Italian …

Ely Museum ‘devastated’ after ‘despicable’ theft of ‘irreplaceable’ Bronze Age gold artefacts | UK News

Ely Museum ‘devastated’ after ‘despicable’ theft of ‘irreplaceable’ Bronze Age gold artefacts | UK News

[ad_1] A museum has said it is “devastated” after thieves stole gold artefacts dating back to the Bronze Age, around 3,000 years ago. Ely Museum in Cambridgeshire said the East Cambridgeshire gold torc and a gold bracelet were stolen in a break-in during the early hours of Tuesday morning. The museum acquired the torc, valued at £220,000, in 2017 using grants and donations from the public. Image: Pic: Cambridgeshire County Council It is described on the museum’s website as its “most prized object”. Museum curator, Elie Hughes, said on X: “We are devastated by the loss to the museum and to the local heritage of the region. “It is a huge blow after the incredible support from the community in acquiring the torc in 2017. “As a culturally significant object, it cannot be replaced. Our priority now is working with the police to locate the stolen objects.” Cambridgeshire Police said it was looking for two suspects on e-scooters who were believed to be involved in the theft, the Museum said. Detective Inspector Kiri Mazur, quoted …

Women-only exhibit in Australian museum set to install toilet to keep men out

Women-only exhibit in Australian museum set to install toilet to keep men out

[ad_1] For free real time breaking news alerts sent straight to your inbox sign up to our breaking news emails Sign up to our free breaking news emails A museum in Australia, fighting to keep an exhibition open only to women after a court ordered that men should be allowed entry under anti-discrimination laws, is installing a toilet in the gallery to keep them out. An exhibit by American artist Kirsha Kaechele, titled “Ladies Lounge” at the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) in Tasmania, was previously open only to those who identify as women. It was closed after a man, New South Wales resident Jason Lau, sued the museum for denying him entry in April 2023. The Tasmanian civil and administrative tribunal found the museum to be in violation of the state’s anti-discriminatory law and ordered Mona to allow “persons who do not identify as ladies” to enter the exhibition. Mona appealed to reverse the ruling, arguing that the decision took “too narrow a view on women’s historical and ongoing societal disadvantage” and …

Photos from the Hammer Museum Gala in Los Angeles

Photos from the Hammer Museum Gala in Los Angeles

[ad_1] On Saturday, the Hammer Museum hosted its annual Gala in the Garden. This year, however, honored director Ann Philbin who is set to retire after 25 years at the helm. Under her direction, the university art museum affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has transformed into a contemporary art destination, with quadrupled attendance, an expanded collection and facilities, and a biennial, along with a stacked advisory board of collectors and artists alike. Philbin has created a robust program with lasting impact during her tenure, which was made evident by attendees at the event. Outside was a different scene, however, with a faculty protest calling for amnesty for UCLA students arrested in a police sweep of pro-Palestine encampments on campus and for the removal of the university’s chancellor Gene Block, who was not at the event. Among the 700 guests, there were a number of notable attendees at the gala including artists Charles Gaines, Mary Weatherford, and Andrea Bowers; museum leaders Thelma Golden, Michael Govan, and Connie Butler; and A-list celebrities Jane Fonda, …

Stars pays tribute to departing Hammer Museum Director Ann Philbin

Stars pays tribute to departing Hammer Museum Director Ann Philbin

[ad_1] Hammer Director Ann Philbin got the celebrity treatment Saturday night as a host of arts and culture luminaries, including Jodie Foster, Mark Bradford, Hilton Als, k.d. lang, Lari Pittman and Will Ferrell, took to the stage at the museum’s gala to sing her praises as she prepares to retire after 25 years. Guest speakers took on a tone of reverence during the elaborate sit-down dinner as they paid tribute to Philbin’s many accomplishments, noting that she had emerged as a trailblazer, helping to transform the arts landscape in Los Angeles with her deep historical knowledge, her commitment to up-and-coming artists and her enthusiasm for a scene that in the last quarter-century has seen the city define itself as one of the world’s preeminent meccas of fine art. 1/5 Jia Cong and Edwin Chan attend the 19th Hammer Museum Gala in the Garden at the Hammer Museum in Westwood on Saturday.  (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times) 2/5 Actor-director and gala co-chair Jodie Foster is the center of attention at the event.  (Allen J. …

Paul McCartney’s Rarely Seen Photography Gets a Museum Show

Paul McCartney’s Rarely Seen Photography Gets a Museum Show

[ad_1] During the early 1960s, at the height of “Beatlemania,” New York City was taken by storm as The Beatles kicked off their visit to the US. Tens of thousands of fans hurried to the streets, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Fab Four, and band member Paul McCartney was ready to greet them. But McCartney did more than simply posing for pictures—he also shot photographs himself, using his Pentax 35mm film camera. Six decades later, McCartney has returned to New York, where he is now showing his pictures in “Paul McCartney Photographs 1963–64: Eyes of the Storm,” which provides an intimate glimpse into what life was like on and off the stage as a member of one of music’s most influential bands. Following a successful run at the National Portrait Gallery in London, the exhibition will now open tomorrow at the Brooklyn Museum, where it will remain on view through August 18. Related Articles Catherine Futter, director of curatorial affairs and curator of objective arts at the Brooklyn Museum, told ARTnews that the …

Italy can reclaim 2,000-year-old Greek statue from Getty Museum, court rules | Italy

Italy can reclaim 2,000-year-old Greek statue from Getty Museum, court rules | Italy

[ad_1] A European court has ruled that Italy has every right to reclaim a 2,000-year-old Greek statue from the Getty Museum in California. The lifesize Victorious Youth, also known as the Athlete from Fano or simply the Getty Bronze, has been at the centre of a years-long dispute after Italy alleged that it had been illegally bought by the J Paul Getty Trust. The European court of human rights on Thursday rejected an appeal by the trust against a confiscation order issued by Italy’s supreme court in 2018. In its ruling, the Strasbourg-based court determined that the Italian authorities had “acted with the purpose of recovering an unlawfully exported piece of cultural heritage” from the Getty Villa Museum in Malibu and that the confiscation order was “proportionate” in ensuring its return. The ruling was a chamber judgment, meaning that both sides now have three months to ask for the case to be referred to the court’s grand chamber for a final ruling. The statue was discovered by fishermen off Pesaro, on Italy’s Adriatic coast, in …

Metropolitan Museum of Art Signs Cultural Agreement with Thailand

Metropolitan Museum of Art Signs Cultural Agreement with Thailand

[ad_1] The Metropolitan Museum of Art recently signed a memoradum of understanding (MOU) with Thailand formalizing collaborative efforts to study and display Thai art. A signing ceremony took place on April 25 at the museum in New York with Phnombootra Chandrajoti, director-general of Thailand’s Fine Arts Department, and Max Hollein, the Metropolitan Museum’s director and CEO. Thailand’s consul general in New York, Somjai Taphaopong, and the Ministry of Culture’s executive director of its national museums office, Nitaya Kanokmongkol, also attended the signing ceremony. Related Articles “This agreement reaffirms our commitment to furthering the world’s understanding and appreciation of Thai art and culture,” Hollein said in a press statement. “We value our open and ongoing dialogue with the Kingdom of Thailand, and look forward to future collaborations.”   Somjai Taphaopong, Consul General of Thailand in New York, said: “The collaboration between The Met and the Fine Arts Department of Thailand reflects the close ties between Thailand and the U.S., particularly at the level of people-to-people and institute-to-institute contacts, which help strengthen the bilateral relations between the two …

Noisy, performative and unapologetically non-European: Nigeria welcomes a museum like no other | Global development

Noisy, performative and unapologetically non-European: Nigeria welcomes a museum like no other | Global development

[ad_1] Opposite the Nigerian National Museum in central Lagos, a swimming pool and a memorial hall once stood as an integral part of the city, a popular congregation point that evoked a sense of pride. This year, decades after the compound fell into disrepair, a new pool is opening to the public alongside a state-of-the-art museum dedicated to Yoruba culture. The John Randle Centre for Yoruba Culture and History, which describes itself as “a fitting symbol of the multiplicity of identities in the metropolis”, is in the Onikan area, the cultural heart of Lagos island. Unlike the National Museum, built in the late 1950s on a western model by the English archaeologist Kenneth Murray, the centre is “unapologetically Yoruba”, according to Seun Oduwole, the site’s lead architect. “If you go to a western museum, the African section is often in the basement, it’s dark. But this museum pops with colour and sound to highlight the vibrancy and the dynamism of the Yoruba culture,” Oduwole says. Yoruba words are bigger than English counterparts on signs and …

How Did the Guggenheim Museum Emerge as an Iconic Art Institution?

How Did the Guggenheim Museum Emerge as an Iconic Art Institution?

[ad_1]   In the last century, the Guggenheim Museums have emerged and remained among the most important cultural institutions globally. The collection of extraordinary architectural designs from Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Gehry, as well as the unique and enormous collection of modern art, attract millions of visitors every year in New York, Bilbao, and Venice. Read on to learn more about the museum’s history and the extravagant characters who made it what it is.   Solomon R. Guggenheim and the Meeting that Changed His Life Irene Rothschild, Wassily Kandinsky, Hilla von Rebay, Solomon R. Guggenheim. Source: Guggenheim Bilbao   The person behind one of the most important art collections to ever exist was Solomon Robert Guggenheim—the heir of a wealthy mining family and a successful businessman of his own. He started to collect art in his forties, focusing on safe and understandable purchases of the Old Master paintings. By this time, he could afford to retire and focus all his efforts on collecting art. Initially, his interest in art was inspired by his wife …