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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
January 22, 1988 |
The proposed $30-million Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center will join a growing list of new, smaller museums that have recently sprung up around the nation. Costs for constructing and operating museum buildings vary from city to city. Art world officials say that costs generally run at least $125 a square foot for new repositories and an additional $2 million a year for maintenance.
September 3, 2005 |
Artist Damien Hirst, whose pickled shark sold for $8 million this year, has bought a mansion in the Cotswolds area of western England to create an art museum, a spokeswoman for the artist said. "He intends to house his extensive collection of his own and other artists' work there," Jude Tyrrell said in an e-mail.
November 3, 2007 |
Bill Beeny, the 81-year-old proprietor of the Elvis Is Alive Museum in Wright City, Mo., said he has placed his Elvis Presley memorabilia on eBay in hopes that someone else will take up the cause. His collection includes photographs, books, FBI files, replicas of the Cadillac the King drove and of the casket and gravestone from his 1977 funeral, even a painted Elvis head.
May 30, 2007 |
The Acropolis sculptures survived on the ancient hill in Athens for 2,500 years despite war, weather and looting. But their remaining days there are numbered. Three hundred marble statues will soon be moved off the Acropolis to a new museum, Greek officials said Tuesday. The sculptures, weighing up to 2.5 tons each, were carved in the 6th and 5th centuries B.C. to decorate the Parthenon and other temples. Most are currently exhibited in a small museum on the Acropolis.