UNESCO ups pressure for return of Parthenon sculptures, Cultural minister says. Greece’s petition to have the marble masterwork sculptures reunited with the other surviving artifacts from the ancient citadel at the Acropolis Museum has gained additional urgency in the wake of reports of water leaks and mold at the gallery where they are kept in the British Museum. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has taken an important step further from a recommendation by passing a decision urging the return of the Parthenon sculptures from the British Museum, Greece’s culture minister said on Thursday. "Together with the recommendation that was issued – referring to the poor conditions of exposure that the sculptures are kept in at the British Museum – Greece also achieved
Almost all of the 40,000 windows in the Twin Towers shattered on September 11, 2001. Only one windowpane, from the 82nd floor of the South Tower, is known to have survived intact and is now on display at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum
Jan Szumanski, superintendent for Tully Construction at Ground Zero, discovered this unbroken pane of glass still set within a fragment of the South Tower facade that landed on Church Street. He extricated the glass and was aided in its preservation by Joseph Carsky, Tully’s chief engineer.
Dimensions (Metric): 220.98 cm X 48.26 cm X 2.54 cm
The Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg in Denmark lend artist Jens Haaning $84,000 to recreate an older work of his which incorporates bank notes - only for the artist to keep the cash and name the blank installation 'Take the Money and Run'. The original 2010 artworks depicted on two canvases the average income of Austria and Denmark residents. When the new blank artwork was revealed, museum staff were faced with empty picture frames and an email from Haaning saying he intended to keep the cash. The museum admitted he had created an 'interesting artwork', but said they would pursue legal action if the artist did not return the money by January 16. Haaning meanwhile said his move was made in response to poor
The Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto (CAMK) is exhibiting Dutch artist Theo Jansen’s ‘Strandbeests’ until the 12th September 2021. The experimental kinetic sculptures run on the sandy beaches of the Netherlands using windpower to move.
The exhibition brings together more than ten works, including a larger-than-life ‘Strandbeest’ with a total length of over 10 meters, which visitors will be able to experience as it moves.
Frieze Sculpture returns to the Regent’s Park, London. It will be open from the 14th September until the 31st October 2021. It is free and open to all. This year's edition of Frieze Sculpture brings together works of international artists including Ibrahim El-Salahi, Isamu Noguchi, Solange Pessoa and Rose Wylie. This year’s selection of works addresses themes including architecture, geopolitical power structures and environmental concern. In addition, Serpentine Galleries will present Counterspace, marking the first time a public institution has participated in Frieze Sculpture.
A restored Vermeer painting reveals a hidden cupid artwork hanging in the background. Only 34 paintings by Dutch master Johannes Vermeer, art history’s foremost painter of Side Views of People Doing Things Near Windows, have been known to survive to the present day, so when one of them is restored, it’s a big deal. The Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden shared the first image of the completed restoration of Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window — and you might notice a pretty big change on the wall behind the girl. The painting has been in the museum’s collection for more than 250 years and the hidden Cupid had been known about since an x-ray in 1979 and infrared reflectography in 2009. It had
Museums News visited the 'Raiment of the soul' (Ένδυμα Ψυχής) exhibition organised by the Εθνικό Ιστορικό Μουσείο - National Historical Museum at the Lazaros Koundouriotis Historical Mansion on the island of Hydra.
Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the declaration of the Greek Independence War, the exhibition features photographs of modern people wearing traditional Greek island costumes of the 18th and 19th century.
Photographed by Vangelis Kyris and featuring embroidery on the photographs themselves by Anatoli Georgiev
Museums News visited the sublime 'Greek Gift' exhibition at Deste Foundation’s Project Space at the old Slaughterhouse on the island of Hydra
Featuring artworks by Maurizio Cattelan, David Shrigley, Jeff Koons, Marcel Duchamp and many more
Coordinated by Massimiliano Gioni, 'The Greek Gift' brings together a series of new and existing works, alongside found objects and impromptu responses from a variety of artists who have maintained decades-long relationships with Dakis Joannou and the DESTE Foundation.
Banksy unveils a series of new artworks called 'A Great British Spraycation'. The anonymous Bristol-based graffiti artist posted the video and can be seen spraying a number of new artworks around seaside locations in Norfolk and Suffolk.
Passers by can also be seen commenting on the artworks in the video; one clip shows a woman describe one of his new pieces as “mindless vandalism”.
A sculpture of King Arthur on the cliffs of Tintagel Castle. In his 'History of the Kings of Britain', 12th century writer Geoffrey of Monmouth named Tintagel Castle as the place where King Arthur was conceived, with the help of Merlin. At the same time, Cornish and Breton writers linked the love story of Tristan and Iseult with Tintagel. Completed in 2016, the 8-foot-tall (2.4 metre) bronze sculpture was commissioned by English Heritage as part of their recent Tintagel Castle visitor experience. It is the work of Welsh sculptor Rubin Eynon. The sculpture was given the title "Gallos", which is derived from the Cornish word for power.
The United States has sent back more than 17,000 looted objects to Iraq. Hasan Nadhim, the Iraqi culture minister, said that the repatriation was “the largest in the history of Iraq.”
Among the objects repatriated to the country was a tablet from the epic of Gilgamesh that was owned by Hobby Lobby, an Oklahoma-based craft store chain. U.S. authorities had been seeking its forfeiture since 2020.
The New York Times reported that cylinder seals, clay tablets, and more arrived in wooden crates in Iraq this week. More than 5,000 of the items that were sent back reportedly came from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, which has previously faced claims that it owns tablets looted from Iraq in the 1990s.
Italian art restorers used bacteria to clean Michelangelo masterpieces. Researchers deployed microbes to remove stains and grime from the marble sculptures in Le Cappelle Medicee (Florence’s Medici Chapels Museum). 🔬 Over the centuries, stains and dirt have accumulated on the statue-lined mausoleum in the Florentine San Lorenzo complex’s Medici Chapels, leaving its once-spotless sarcophagi the worse for wear. Luckily, a team of scientists, art conservators and historians has identified an unconventional tool for removing this grime from Michelangelo’s sculptures: bacteria. 🔬 As Jason Horowitz reports for the New York Times, researchers dedicated much of the past decade to cleaning the chapel—but a few obstinate spots remained. To finish the job, the team turned to several strains of bacteria, including Serratia ficaria SH7, Pseudomonas stutzeri CONC11
Fingerprint found on 500-year-old statue may belong to Michelangelo. A small wax statue may have brought us closer than ever to Michelangelo, after museum experts found what they believe to be the Renaissance master's fingerprint, or thumbprint, pressed into the material. Specialists at London's Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) discovered the mark on a dark red figurine, which was an initial sketch model for a larger unfinished marble sculpture. The 500-year-old waxwork, titled "A Slave," was part of Michelangelo's preparations for Pope Julius II's elaborate tomb in Rome. It depicts a young naked figure with its arm thrown across its face. According to a museum listing, the proposed statue was among over 40 life-size figures once being planned for the pope's final resting place. Michelangelo
The Rosetta Stone – the key to deciphering ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs – was discovered on this day in 1799. It is currently housed at the British Museum, but there have been calls to repatriate it back to Egypt, alongside other artefacts acquired from all over the world during Britain's colonial past.
Made in 196 BC, the Stone is inscribed with a decree written three times – in hieroglyphs, Demotic (the cursive Egyptian script used for daily purposes), and Ancient Greek (the language of the Ptolemaic Greek administration in Egypt). Scholars were able to use the Greek inscription to decipher the hieroglyphs.