Weekly News Roundup: March 10, 2014

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Should Rio have a Museum of Tomorrow or is a focus on the future neglecting its history, including a complex story of the slave trade? Archaeological discoveries of global importance are happening as construction quickens for the World Cup.

Was Christoph Schlingensief a political artist? A branch of the Museum of Modern Art in New York presents an exhibition of his works.

Archaeologists from around the world report wide-spread destruction of dozens of ancient sites in Syria.

The Ukrainian oligarch Victor Pinchuk promotes art for freedom and democracy. Now that his country is fighting for these values, he calls for compromise. What is his position?  Not surprisingly, there have been fewer visitors at museums and theaters in Kyiv as a result of the Euromaidan protests.

Black artists from South Africa and the United States carry on a half-century conversation about apartheid in new collaborative exhibitions in San Francisco.

You can listen to oral history interviews with some of the “Monument Men” at a Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Art website that also highlights related documents.

A Georgia museum reunites works of art for “Art, Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy,”  an exhibit from the 1940s that proved controversial even before it traveled abroad.

An investigation at a museum in Kolkata, India highlights the lack of care given to important sacred objects.  At the same time, India’s Archaeological Survey has updated its conservation policy, emphasizing conservation of the more than 3,600 monuments in its care.

How does a country commemorate its recent past?  Check out these dioramas and installations from an Afghan museum.

An 88-year-old Holocaust survivor from New York City is suing German authorities for the return of a painting he says was stolen in the late 1930s from his great uncle in Germany and is part of the Gurlitts’ trove.

A new analysis predicts that hundreds of UNESCO world heritage sites, from Independence Hall in Philadelphia to Venice to St. Petersburg, will be under water in the next 2000 years.

Italy’s culture minister worries about the collapse of walls at Pompeii.  Rain, the slow pace of restoration and more plague the site despite ambitious plans.

Image: Slave ships in the 19th century docked at the huge stone Valongo wharf, exposed by archaeologists near Rio’s port. Credit Lianne Milton for The New York Times

 

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