April 10, 2007 |
Anyone with a Bank of America or MBNA credit card will be able to use it to gain free admission to 25 museums in California and 61 others nationwide during the month of May. It's the bank's way of acknowledging May as National Museum Month. This is the 10th year but the first time in has included California.
November 21, 2006 |
Germany's culture minister and top museums called Monday for more transparency in the return of paintings stolen by the Nazis, responding to concerns that the nation's galleries risk losing scores of valuable and popular works. The government insists it stands by a 1998 agreement signed in Washington to identify and return to the rightful owners works illegally taken under the Nazis.
May 11, 2009 |
Army Capt. Claudio Montane wants one thing clear from the start: This place is not a narco-museum. The point is not to glorify drug traffickers. "Its purpose is to show Mexico and the world the efforts and the good results that we have achieved," Montane said, opening a tour of a military collection officially called the Museum of Drugs.
October 17, 2006 |
Berlin's famed Museum Island complex moves a big step closer to recovering its former glory this week when the Bode Museum, home to the city's sculpture collection, reopens after six years of restoration. The domed building, which juts out into the Spree River in the heart of former East Berlin, is the second of the five Neoclassical museums to get a full makeover as part of a government-funded $1.5-billion overhaul.
September 24, 2011 |
Stuart A. Ashman wasn't looking for a job last year, when he first laid eyes on the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach. Then New Mexico's state secretary of cultural affairs, he had come to Los Angeles for the American Assn. of Museums' annual meeting and accompanied a group of Cuban museum professionals to a program at MoLAA. Ashman got acquainted with the facilities, exhibitions and collection at the low-profile institution billed as "the only museum in the United States exclusively dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American art. " But what he saw most clearly was its potential.
December 4, 2003 |
When U.S. troops strode into the Iraq Museum of Natural History in June, they found a scene of destruction: wires and light fixtures torn out, display cases crushed, stuffed wolves and jackals carted off by looters and thieves. Piecing the sanctuary back together became the six-month task of the U.S. Army's 16th Engineer Battalion, which presided over its reopening ceremony Wednesday, although most of the refurbished display cases remain empty.
September 11, 2012 |
At the Zocalo panel on Friday with L.A. museum directors Timothy Potts, Ann Philbin and Michael Govan, MOCA's finances were one (brief) topic of conversation. Personal finances were another: at the end of the panel, an audience member asked a question about making the museums more affordable or free. Each director had a different take. (Their answers appear about 55 minutes into the video now online at zocalopublicsquare.org , which also ran a recap of the full panel here .)
October 21, 2002 |
With the Nov. 5 election approaching, backers of a county bond issue for cultural facilities are stepping up their campaign, but they face a daunting level of support needed for approval, and opponents claim that the measure's stated intent is misleading.
June 4, 2004 |
How did Harry Houdini do his signature "Metamorphosis" escape, in which he was handcuffed inside a sack and locked in a trunk and yet somehow managed to switch places with an assistant on the outside? Visitors to an exhibit that opened Wednesday at the Outagamie Museum in Houdini's hometown found out the secret. Among other things, visitors learned, the trunk has a side panel that allows someone inside to sneak out. The disclosure has some in the business tied up in knots.
May 18, 2013
I've just returned from a two-week visit to London and Paris. If you're heading over and art is important to you, avoid the giant museums and think small. In London, seek out the Courtauld Gallery in Somerset House, the Royal Academy; the Wallace Collection; and the Clore Gallery of the Tate Britain, housing its Turners. In Paris, the Musée Marmottan Monet, loaded with some of Monet's best; the Musée Delacroix (early works); and the Musée de l'Orangerie (surround yourself with Monet's waterlilies)