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Iraqi Museum Looted During War Reopens in Baghdad

The re-opening was brought forward as a response to the destruction of art by ISIS in Mosul

Amsterdam cyclists fought Rijksmuseum and won

On the KLM flight home from Amsterdam to San Francisco, I watched a documentary film The New Rijksmuseum about the ten year remodeling from 2003 to 2013 for the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. I thought the museum building was far older than it actually is today. Show More Summary

These Were Leonard Nimoy's Spock Ears In The Wrath Of Khan

Margaret Weitekamp, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s curator of science fiction and space memorabilia, has some thoughts about why Leonard Nimoy and his Spock character were so universally loved. She also published this photo of the ears he used in the Star Trek classic The Wrath of Khan. More »      

The Mosul Museum video from Islamic State could be a staged drama

The Islamic State wants the global community to know that there's a new sheriff in town. So it wrecked a museum full of precious sculptures and on Thursday posted video of the vandalism on the Internet.

Quickly Aging Here: The 2015 Triennial

5 hours agoArts : Hyperallergic

After six years and three installments, is the New Museum’s Triennial entering middle age? An odd question for an exhibition devoted to “early-career artists,” as the museum’s press release describes them.

Ad-hoc museums of a failing utopia: the store windows of the last days of the USSR

5 hours agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Photographer David Hlynsky -- American born, Canadian residing, child of Eastern European emigres -- took over 8,000 street photos of Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, East Germany and Russia, documenting the last days of ideological anti-consumer shopping, now anthologized in an amazing book. Read the rest

Lawyer Spends 15 Years Transforming A Plantation Into America’s First Slavery Museum

America’s First Slavery Museum About time, right? Whereas most refurbished plantations are there to recount the history of the “glory days” of the Antebellum south, the recently opened Whitney Plantation is there to expose and memorialize the open shame of

Light a virtual candle

Please, readers, artefact hunters, collectors, dealers, archaeologists, museum and heritage professionals, join in support of the the initiative by the US based heritage organization SAFE. S tand in solidarity with us all, who lost a piece of our own legacy with the destruction at the Mosul Museum. Light a candle for Iraq’s heritage, our heritage.

Assessing the Damage at the Mosul Museum, Part 1: The Assyrian Artifacts

Chris Jones has a depressing text on his gates of Nineveh blog: 'Assessing the Damage at the Mosul Museum, Part 1: The Assyrian Artifacts' (Feb 27, 2015). The text clearly explains what was damaged where. Most of the destroyed artifacts...Show More Summary

26 Travel Destinations That Look as if They Belong in Fairy Tales

13 hours agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

St. Basil's Cathedral, RussiaMoscow's Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed. Formerly a church, now is a museum space | Image: Pavel L Travel is maybe the finest way to lend perspective to our lives and remind us of the wonder of the world. Show More Summary

In Iowa, a New John Wayne Museum

13 hours agoLifestyle / Travel : In Transit

The John Wayne Birthplace Museum is scheduled to open this spring in Winterset, Iowa.

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HTTP://ORGS.USD.EDU/NMM/GALLERIES.HTML The National Music Museum located on the University of South Dakota’s campus is offering virtual tours of the museum.

Black Mountain College Museum completes first phase of renovation and expansion project

14 hours agoArts : Artdaily

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, in Asheville, NC, completed the first phase of its expansion project with the renovation of its current facility led by artist and designer Randy Shull and BMCM+AC Board Chair J. Richard Gruber. Show More Summary

Quantum Teleportation can Transfer two Properties With Fidelity

Suppose you see a beautiful table in a museum and you would like to have the same one at home. What could you do? One strategy is to accurately measure all its properties — its form (length, height and width) and its appearance (material and colour) — and then reproduce an identical copy for your living room. Show More Summary

Terror in the Mosul Museum

14 hours agoNews : News Desk

One of the peculiarities of a video showing the sacking of the Mosul Museum, released on Thursday, is that some of the newest things in the collection turned quickly to dust, while some of the oldest held out longer. In the video, aShow More Summary

ISIS barbarians take a hammer and a drill to civilization: Priceless 3,000-year-old artworks smashed to pieces as militants destroy Mosul museum [Video]

Barbaric savages. They are destroying everything that was beautiful and recorded about that culture. It’s not just the priceless winged bull or the statues… no, they took the fascist boogie

Leimert Park Gets A Rad New Art Space With A Black Panther Exhibit

An art museum in Westwood might seem worlds away from South Los Angeles, but a new partnership between the Hammer Museum and the Art + Practice Foundation is bridging these two neighborhoods together. [ more › ]

Will Butler – “By The Waters Of Babylon”

16 hours agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

The last of Will Butler’s daily songs inspired by Guardian stories is “By The Waters Of Babylon,” a mournful ballad written in response to ISIS ransacking the museum at Mosul and destroying dozens of ancient artifacts. Here’s what the Arcade Fire sideman wrote about his creation: The words to today’s song are taken from Psalm […]

Islamic State attack on Iraq museum condemned by Getty

16 hours agoArts : Culture Monster

The Islamic State's recent video showing its forces destroying what appear to be priceless antiquities in an Iraq museum has provoked harsh words from the head of the J. Paul Getty Trust, who condemned the attacks but said there is little that can be done outside of military...

Putin’s Chosen People

Moscow’s Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center is an impressive place. Original artifacts, film clips, and interactive displays take visitors on a tour through centuries of Judaism’s rich but tragic history in Russia, from the Middle...Show More Summary

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