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AP / Davmian Dovarganes

On the Big Rock

My largest problem with “Levitated Mass” is not with its artistic quality (or lack of quality), but rather with the excessive cost of the process.

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bbc.co.uk

‘The Scream’ to Scare Up $80M at Auction

It’s one of the most widely recognized images in art, and now one of four versions of Edvard Munch’s archetypal image of modern angst is going on the block at Sotheby’s New York auction house with an expected selling price of $80 million or more.

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AP / Markus Schreiber

‘Degenerate Art’ Resurfaces in Berlin

An assortment of sculptures once derided by the Nazis as prime examples of “degenerate art”—complete with a Third Reich-sponsored show under that heading—has been partly recovered and reunited for a comeback exhibit at Berlin’s Neues Museum.

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Holocaust Museum Borrows Superman’s Architect

America’s original Holocaust museum has a new permanent home in Los Angeles that looks like it was beamed into existence from the future. In keeping with the theme, visitors are each assigned a personal iPod Touch to enhance their exploration of the building’s mysterious innards.

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Russia Fines Art Mongers for Provoking Church

It is officially not safe to put Mickey Mouse’s head on Jesus’ body if you live in Russia. A Russian court has fined the creators of a museum show more than $11,000 on the grounds they incited hatred.

Posted on Jul 12, 2010 READ MORE


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bbc.co.uk

Five Famous Paintings Swiped in Paris Museum Heist

Somehow, a lone art bandit—or a band of bandits—managed to pull off an impressive five-finger-discount maneuver at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris on Wednesday night, making off with five masterpieces worth a grand total of close to 100 million euros. Sacré bleu!

Posted on May 20, 2010 READ MORE



Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art

Missing Album From Hitler’s Fantasy Museum Found in Ohio

The world’s most famous failed art student planned to build a “Fü hrermuseum” in his hometown and fill it with his favorite (and often ill-gotten) art—photos of which were collected first in various scrapbooks. One of those volumes was just discovered in the Ohio home of a WWII veteran, who decided to have it returned to Germany.

Posted on Dec 9, 2009 READ MORE



Google.com

Google Goes to Iraq

The Internet Juggernaut, pursuing its quest to make all the world’s information universally available, has gone to the national museum in Baghdad, which was notoriously looted following the U.S. invasion of Iraq. CEO Eric Schmidt made the trek to announce that Google has photographed thousands of the just-reopened museum’s treasures.

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AP / Caleb Jones

Celebrating Slaughter: War and Collective Amnesia

War memorials and museums are temples to the god of war. They sanitize the savage instruments of death that turn young soldiers and Marines into killers, and small villages in Vietnam or Afghanistan or Iraq into hellish bonfires.

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USAF / Staff Sgt. Samuel Bendet

Netherlands to Return Artifacts to Iraq

Dutch art dealers have surrendered 69 artifacts that were stolen from Iraq following the U.S. invasion. The ancient objects will remain in the Netherlands until they can be returned to Iraq. In addition to losing 15,000 treasures stolen from Iraq’s national museum, the country has had to contend with rampant looting since the 2003 invasion.

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How Many Crazed Gunmen Is it Going to Take?

An 88-year-old anti-Semite shot up the U.S. Holocaust Museum on Wednesday, killing a security guard in the process. President Obama said in response “we must remain vigilant against anti-Semitism.” Sure, but how about getting a little vigilant against guns?

Posted on Jun 10, 2009 READ MORE



timesonline.co.uk

Tough Times Could Lead to Sex Boom

It seems the British have found a way to cope with the global economic crisis. A survey by the Terrence Higgins Trust, a UK AIDS charity, found that sex is the most popular free activity in the empire, beating out window shopping and going to a museum.

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Bush in Africa

Bush on Why the U.S. Didn’t Send Troops to Darfur

The year is 2008, and President George W. Bush has learned an important lesson in global affairs: “Outside forces” taking part in foreign clashes “tend to divide people up inside their country” and “are unbelievably counterproductive.” 

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time.com

Art Thieves Pull Off Major Heist in Zurich

The private collection of famous artworks at Zurich’s E.G. Buehrle Collection suddenly became smaller over the weekend, and not at the proprietors’ behest. On Sunday, three disguised and armed robbers stole over $160 million worth of artwork by Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cezanne and other masters from the Swiss museum.

Posted on Feb 11, 2008 READ MORE


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U.S. Holocaust Memoral Museum via The New York Times

Auschwitz From Another Angle

A newly released series of photos taken at Auschwitz and sent last year to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum shows Nazi officers and female SS members in a bafflingly banal (cf. Hannah Arendt) array of activities:  singing, relaxing, laughing on group getaways, and even lighting Christmas trees.

Posted on Sep 19, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Ed Reinke

A World Where Lies Are True

If the Christian right succeeds in legitimizing creation “science,” it will strike a critical blow against the basic principles that make our society work.

Posted on Mar 26, 2007 READ MORE


Stolen Art at the J. Paul Getty Museum?

Negotiators for the J. Paul Getty Museum are meeting with Italian authorities to discuss the return of antiquities that Italy claims were stolen. For years Italian authorities have accused American museums of purchasing stolen art. Also, in New York, a former curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art faces charges of “knowingly buying stolen art.”

Posted on Jun 20, 2006 READ MORE


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