News Roundup: Museums, Politics and Power

P1120715This week begins a new feature, a weekly roundup of museums, politics and power news from around the world.  We take the ideas of politics and power broadly, so we’ll be sharing topics ranging from, as you’ll see this week,  mental health,  curatorial diversity,  creationism and degenerate art.  We’ll be posting links in English, German and Russian as we find them (and of course, if you come across others, in any language, please let us know!)

Rethinking Normal:  An Exploratorium Exhibit Takes on Mental Health  A hands-on science museum takes on a difficult topic.

Divine Wisdom: on the Hagia Sofia Museum/Mosque/Church Controversy  What should Hagia Sofia be?  Who should decide?

New Fellowship Aims to Diversify Museum Curatorial Ranks  Nearly 80% of the museum workforce in the United States is white;  a new program from the Mellon Foundation aims to change that.

Atheist Bill Nye ‘The Science Guy’ Set To Debate Creationist Ken Ham at Creation Museum

V&A to publish Hitler’s ‘degenerate art’ list online  The full list of art confiscated by Hitler in 1937-38 will now be available online from the Victoria and Albert Museum.

New Book:  Challenging History in the Museum with contributions from around the world exploring the presentation of difficult histories.

Boston Better, a  new initiative of Boston’s museums, libraries and archives, who are opening their doors wide to begin a conversation for the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing.

How a museum disappears, from the Lost Museum Project at Brown University.

Describing the personal aftermath of war at a medical museum in Philadelphia  in a new exhibit, Broken Bodies, Suffering Spirits.

Which Artworks Should We Save? Cash-Strapped Italy Lets Citizens Vote  Should citizens decide which artworks to save?  Italy experiments.

Planning the Jewish Museum in Cologne causes controversy for its cost and site location in an archaeological zone.

Typical German: An exhibition about dustbins in Cologne by designer Rolf Sachs, encourages viewers to consider not whether to recycle or not, but whether what really belongs in the trash are smugness, envy and intolerance.

School project: “Museum in a clip”   Students share their views of museums in a videoclip contest inspired, in part, by Pecha Kucha.

Museums and internet  a long-time German museum director contemplates the past and future of museums.

Looted art in Wiesbaden?  The Historical Museum of Frankfurt explores the history of its painting collection.

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