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Anger after Grayson Perry claims Covid will clear arts of 'dead wood'.Artist accused of being out of touch for comments ...
02/11/2020
Anger after Grayson Perry claims Covid will clear arts of 'dead wood'

Anger after Grayson Perry claims Covid will clear arts of 'dead wood'.
Artist accused of being out of touch for comments published as hundreds of gallery and museum staff face job losses.

Artist accused of being out of touch for comments published as hundreds of gallery and museum staff face job losses

By Could Be Worse
28/10/2020

By Could Be Worse

What to do during the quarantine? Reenact famous paintings! ⁠ It's an Instagram challenge using the hashtag #TussenKunst...
28/10/2020

What to do during the quarantine? Reenact famous paintings! ⁠ It's an Instagram challenge using the hashtag #TussenKunstEnQuarantaine — which means 'between art and quarantine'!

For those in Newcastle, North England. 💕
24/10/2020

For those in Newcastle, North England. 💕

BALTIC’s new picnic area “Front Room" is now open and all next week during Half Term we are offering free tea/coffee, squash/water, free fruit and snacks in this space. Located on the Ground Floor, looking out onto Baltic Square, the Front Room has socially distanced tables and seating. You can eat your own packed lunch here too.

We regularly provide food during school holiday times to those in Gateshead who receive free school meals as part of our Art Lab programme. If you think your child/children will be hungry during half term we will be making free sandwiches available Wed 28-Fri 30 Oct in the Front Room thanks to our catering partners Fresh Element. #EndChildFoodPoverty

An eight-year-old found a 1,500-year-old pre-Viking-era sword while swimming in a lake in Sweden during the summer.Saga ...
24/10/2020

An eight-year-old found a 1,500-year-old pre-Viking-era sword while swimming in a lake in Sweden during the summer.

Saga Vanecek found the relic in the Vidostern lake while at her family's holiday home in Jonkoping County.

The sword was initially reported to be 1,000 years old, but experts at the local Jönköpings läns museum now believe it may date to around 1,500 years ago.

Saga's discovery led the museum and local council to carry out further excavations at the site, finding a brooch from the 3rd Century.
Source: bbc.com/news/world-europe-45753455

Prof. Christina Riggs on the opening of newly discovered Egyptian sarcophagi: “The bodies of ancient “mummies” made the ...
22/10/2020
Should We Be Displaying the Dead Bodies of Preserved Ancestors?

Prof. Christina Riggs on the opening of newly discovered Egyptian sarcophagi: “The bodies of ancient “mummies” made the news again this month, when Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities and Tourism opened one of the recently unearthed 59 wooden coffins.”

The bodies of ancient “mummies” made the news again this month, when Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities and Tourism opened one of the recently unearthed 59 wooden coffins.

21/10/2020

The Design Museum, London, has announced the opening of the exhibition: 'Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers' which will last until 14th February 2021.

Evoking the experience of being in a club, the exhibition will transport you through the people, art, design, technology and photography that have been shaping the electronic music landscape.

Celebrate 50 years of legendary group Kraftwerk with their 3D show. Step into the visual world of The Chemical Brothers for one of their legendary live shows, travel to dance floors from Detroit to Chicago, Paris, Berlin and the UK’s thriving scene; featuring over 400 objects and the likes of Detroit techno legends Kevin Saunderson, Juan Atkins, Jeff Mills and Richie Hawtin, "Godfather of House Music" Frankie Knuckles, Haçienda designer Ben Kelly and the extreme visual world created by Weirdcore for Aphex Twin’s ‘Collapse’.
Discover early pioneers Daphne Oram and the seminal BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Indulge your senses with large scale images of rave culture, iconic DJ masks and fashion, a sound reactive visual installation created specifically for the exhibition by 1024 architecture, graphics from Peter Saville CBE, history-making labels and club nights.
More: https://designmuseum.org/exhibitions/electronic-from-kraftwerk-to-the-chemical-brothers#

Wisconsin Funnies: Fifty Years of Comics exhibition at Museum of Wisconsin Art has been extended through to January 10, ...
20/10/2020

Wisconsin Funnies: Fifty Years of Comics exhibition at Museum of Wisconsin Art has been extended through to January 10, 2021.
Wisconsin Funnies is the first exhibition to present the rich history of comics in Wisconsin. The nearly two hundred works by over 30 artists illustrates the major themes, innovations, and publications that characterize the state’s past half-century of comic art. The exhibition pairs hand-drawn original art with printed material such as comic books, alternative weekly newspapers, and other collectibles and ephemera.

On view at the Museum of Wisconsin Art in downtown Milwaukee, USA.
Full details: https://wisconsinart.org/exhibitions/wisconsin-funnies-fifty-years-of-comics.aspx

The British Museum is to repatriate six ancient glazed tiles from a medieval memorial complex on the edge of Samarkand, ...
19/10/2020

The British Museum is to repatriate six ancient glazed tiles from a medieval memorial complex on the edge of Samarkand, in modern day Uzbekistan, which were smuggled into the UK via Heathrow in a suitcase. They will go on display in London before being returned.

The man who smuggled them in on a flight from Dubai in January even forged paperwork declaring them as replicas that were “made to look old”. He produced a receipt that claimed they had been bought in Sharjah the previous day for 315 dirham, about £70.

In fact, the tiles are worth many tens of thousands of pounds and are culturally important to their original country of origin, Uzbekistan.

St John Simpson, a senior curator in the British Museum’s Middle East department, said the tiles were stunning objects. “They’re very attractive, very collectable … you can see why they would attract the criminal element.”

The tiles were confiscated by the UK Border Force (UKBF) and, as is usual in suspected cases of antiquity smuggling, officials contacted the museum to establish whether the tiles were genuine – and if so, where they came from.
Source: The Guardian

In a Christie’s first, 'Stan', one of the most complete T. Rexes ever found, closed out the blockbuster sale, by selling...
18/10/2020
T. rex dinosaur 'Stan' sold for world record price

In a Christie’s first, 'Stan', one of the most complete T. Rexes ever found, closed out the blockbuster sale, by selling for more than five times its low estimate at $31,847,500, setting a new world auction record for any dinosaur skeleton or fossil ever sold at auction.

The near-complete, 67-million-year-old fossil fetches $31.8m ($24.6m) at Christie's in New York.

We want to Rock ‘n’ Roll with you! - the new Bowie exhibition is now open at Brighton Museum Discover never seen before ...
17/10/2020
Rock 'n' Roll with Me: Bowie/MacCormack 1973-76

We want to Rock ‘n’ Roll with you! - the new Bowie exhibition is now open at Brighton Museum

Discover never seen before images of David Bowie taken by his close friend and travelling companion Geoff MacCormack between 1973-76.

Tickets available on the museum's website: https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/exhibitions-displays/rock-n-roll-with-me-bowie-maccormack-1973-76/

Rock 'n' Roll with Me Bowie/MacCormack 1973-76 17 October 2020 to 6 June 2021 Admission payable, tickets must be booked in advance. Book your tickets online Note on ticket sales Tickets for this exhibition must be purchased online in advance of your visit. All tickets are sold for a de

Weird, wacky and utterly wonderful: the world's greatest unsung museums
12/10/2020
Weird, wacky and utterly wonderful: the world's greatest unsung museums

Weird, wacky and utterly wonderful: the world's greatest unsung museums

A bullring full of blood, a house full of sweet wrappers, a power station full of sculpture, a roundabout full of plants … Hilton Als, Mary Beard, Russell Tovey and more pick their alternative favourite museums

10/10/2020
Stranger Than Kindness: The Nick Cave Exhibition

Stranger Than Kindness: The Nick Cave Exhibition at the Royal Danish Library
8 June 2020 - 13 February 2021
Stranger Than Kindness covers the journey from Nick Cave’s childhood in 1960s Wangaratta, Australia, through the chaotic years with his first bands, The Boys Next Door and The Birthday Party, and his relocation to Berlin and then London. Central is the ever-evolving collaboration in Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, from the band’s inception in Cave’s most obsessive period in Berlin up to their latest release Ghosteen (2019), widely acknowledged as their best work ever. The exhibition reveals how Nick Cave’s life, music, archives and fictions continue to intertwine, inform and inspire each other.
Stranger Than Kindness: The Nick Cave Exhibition invites visitors to follow Cave’s development as an artist – and to gain insight into the overarching themes of his work, his working methods and the many sources of inspiration underpinning it all. Behind each work is an equally fascinating artistic process not originally intended for public view; the exhibition opens up the innermost parts of Cave’s creative universe and offers a story of its own.
Royal Danish Library: Det Kgl. Bibliotek / Billetlugen.dk
Supported by main sponsor Gucci and the Danish Foundation Beckett-Fonden
More: thenickcaveexhibition.com

09/10/2020
Museum of London

Sad news for the Museum of London staff.

Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, very sadly our museum is now entering a period of consultation with staff on proposed redundancies. Our full statement can be found here: https://bit.ly/3dcU2XC

RIP Eddie Van HalenTo honour the passing of one of the greatest guitarists of all time, below is a short introduction to...
07/10/2020

RIP Eddie Van Halen
To honour the passing of one of the greatest guitarists of all time, below is a short introduction to 'Frankenstein' the guitar that Eddie Van Halen custom-built in 1975 and which is now housed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Aptly nicknamed “Frankenstein,” this guitar was pieced together by Eddie Van Halen from modified factory seconds and mismatched odd-lot parts, then spray-painted. It represents an effort to combine some of the most desirable elements of Gibson and Fender guitars into a single instrument that was not commercially available at the time.

Van Halen was continually striving to achieve the ultimate guitar for tone, playability, dependability, and functionality. The unique guitar embodies not only his groundbreaking and unorthodox playing style but also his ingenuity in design and engineering.
One of the most recognizable guitars of all time, it spawned legions of copies from other manufacturers and inspired generations of fans to design their own instruments.

Source: metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/752454

Royal Opera House to sell off David Hockney painting in bid to stay afloat.The Royal Opera House is to sell a David Hock...
04/10/2020

Royal Opera House to sell off David Hockney painting in bid to stay afloat.
The Royal Opera House is to sell a David Hockney portrait of their former chief executive and arts pioneer David Webster thought to be worth as much as £18m to raise essential funds.
The painting, which was commissioned for the Covent Garden building in the 1970s, is to go up for auction later this month in an unprecedented attempt to protect the venue’s future as a home for the Royal Ballet and for international opera.
Source: The Guardian

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London is planning to make 103 retail and visitor experience staff redundant – approxi...
02/10/2020

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London is planning to make 103 retail and visitor experience staff redundant – approximately 10% of its overall workforce – with job losses in other departments set to follow.
Staff were briefed on Tuesday about a process to reduce costs by £10m annually to tackle what the London museum described as “the most significant financial challenge” in its history.
Tristram Hunt, the museum’s director, said the redundancies were needed “in order to secure the V&A’s survival and prepare for the challenging years ahead”.
The V&A said it had been through three of its most successful years before 2020, building self-generated income to 55% of its annual turnover.
Source: The Guardian

02/10/2020
Nudists descend upon Paris museum

Parisian nudists descended upon the city's film library on September 13 for an exhibition celebrating a famous French comedian.
With COVID-19 protection measures in place, the only mandatory accessory was a mask.
The Association des Naturistes de Paris (Paris naturist association) organised the event at La Cinémathèque, reserving a time slot for its members between 9.00 am and 11.30 am.
The exhibition was in honour of actor Louis de Funès who played police officer Ludovic Cruchot in 60's French comedy film "the troops of St Tropez". The film sees Cruchot try to chase down a group of naked swimmers who manage to get away from the officer.
Founded in 1953, the Paris naturist association has organized regular visits to museums. La Cinémathèque said the event was "a first for the Parisian institution", according to AFP.
Source: EuroNews

In a world first, Rotterdam’s Boijmans Van Beuningen museum has put its entire collection on display in a mammoth new wa...
25/09/2020

In a world first, Rotterdam’s Boijmans Van Beuningen museum has put its entire collection on display in a mammoth new warehouse. As the V&A considers a similar experiment, is this ‘open storage’ model the future?
Rotterdammers are used to high-concept architecture, but what makes this building unusual is its function: it’s a warehouse. Designed by the Dutch firm MVRDV and known as the Depot, it has been created for one of the most well-regarded art museums in the Netherlands, the Boijmans Van Beuningen. When the Guardian visited in mid-September, contractors were installing vitrines and polishing concrete floors; in December, art handlers will begin moving in the museum’s collection of Rembrandts, Boschs, Magrittes and Dalís – some 150,000 objects. It will open fully late next year.
Museums have dabbled with open or visible storage for decades. New York’s Metropolitan made some of its research collections available in the late 1980s, while the V&A’s 2009–10 ceramics galleries put some 26,000 objects on display in tall, tightly crammed glass cabinets. But the museum's director reckons this is the first time that anyone has built an open-storage facility to house an entire museum collection; opening up marks a powerful shift in how museums see their role, particularly as they emerge from lockdown and re-evaluate their place in the world. Pushing backstage processes and personnel into the limelight is part of it (perhaps the easy part); institutions also need to be open about uncomfortable issues such as funding and ethics, staff diversity, curation and collecting policies, the provenance of disputed or colonial-era objects.
Source: The Guardian

Royal Academy's cruel dilemma: sell a Michelangelo or lose 150 jobs. The cash-strapped London gallery is to debate the s...
20/09/2020

Royal Academy's cruel dilemma: sell a Michelangelo or lose 150 jobs. The cash-strapped London gallery is to debate the sale of a Renaissance masterpiece that could fetch more than £100m.
When the British artist John Constable first saw Michelangelo’s marble masterpiece, known as the Taddei Tondo, in the Royal Academy, he said it was “one of the most beautiful works of art in existence”. The 515-year-old sculpture had been given to the London gallery in 1829 following the death of its owner, Lady Margaret Beaumont, as an inspiration to students in the academy’s schools.

The Royal Academy, like all arts institutions, was already financially squeezed before Covid but has seen its finances take a further battering and is considering drastic redundancies. And now a group of angry Royal Academicians is this week expected to argue that instead of cutting jobs, the institution should consider selling the tondo.
“The sale of the tondo has already been discussed,” one anonymous well-known Royal Academician told the Observer this weekend. “It is worth so much, it could save jobs and get the RA out of the financial mess they have got themselves into.”

The sculpture’s exact value is not known, but in 2017 the Art Newspaper suggested it would fetch well over £100m if it were to be sold.

Constable, like many after him, regarded the hugely valuable piece as a crowning glory, and it remains the only sculpture in the country made by the Italian artist Michelangelo.

Taddei Tondo is the nickname for the unfinished work – properly titled The Virgin and Child with the Infant St John – which was commissioned by the wealthy cloth merchant Taddeo Taddei. The Renaissance term tondo refers to its circular shape, and it is believed it was sculpted at the beginning of the 16th century, during the artist’s first stay in Florence.

Those at the RA who support such an audacious rescue bid have called for a special meeting, but have met with resistance from their president, Rebecca Salter, and from the executive, which, along with many other academicians, is “horrified” by the idea of selling something so famous.

A spokeswoman for the RA said this weekend that the institution “has no intention of selling any works in its collection. We have the privilege and responsibility of being custodians of extraordinary works of art. “It is our duty to look after our permanent collection, for current and future generations to enjoy.

Source: The Guardian

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