Weekly News Roundup: April 14, 2014

“Can museums respond quickly to tragedy and help heal a community?  Blogger Gretchen Jennings takes a look at the work of #BostonBetter, a project that developed as a result of last year’s Boston Marathon bombing.

Kiss or Cat Stevens?  Linda Ronstadt or Nirvana?  Inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (and its museum) raise the question of a rock and roll canon and who should be included.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, new exhibit  Permission to Be Global/Prácticas Globales  features avant-garde artists from the Caribbean and Central and South America who’ve been excluded for from institutions at home and abroad.

Should cultural monuments become an active issue of the human rights agenda?

The Karl May Museum, Germany, removes all Native American scalps due to ethical and political concerns, prompted by a letter from Ojibwa Indians. But they will not return them, saying they have been legally acquired.

In related news, Zuni ask for return of sacred cultural objects from European museums.

The town of Eisenach, Germany cuts down the opening times of its three museums twice in a short time span, due to a lack of visitors.  But would it not make more sense to instead consider ways of enhancing attractiveness and relevance?

Overcoming looting and years of war, Iraq Museum moves to reopen

Ulster Museum opens new exhibit, “Art of the Troubles” 

Russia fires the commissioner of its pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale due to his comments on Crimea.

Russia takes an alternative view of Maidan in an exhibit.

Are UK museum-goers tired of World War One exhibits?

Image: Oscar Muñoz, Sedimentaciones (Sedimentations), 2011, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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