Weekly News Roundup: May 12, 2014

P1020561Museums around the world celebrate International Museum Day on May 18, with Museum Nights, special programs, and much, much more.  Consider the issues of power and politics as you visit!

Debate about the planned, private Body World Museum of Gunther von Hagens in the centre of Berlin: Churches, politicians and Berlin’s tourism industry find such a museum tasteless, lurid, and impious.

One million visitors a year come to the Acropolis in Athens, but a bomb threat last week showed that well-visited museums could also be targets for terrorism.

Porchia Moore’s thoughtful reflection “ Performing Blackness: Museums, Mammies and Me,”  makes a thought-provoking read, no matter where you’re from.

A funding slowdown means the Gallerie Borghese in Rome has opened its windows during a heat wave,  exposing masterpieces to heat, humidity and pollution.

The Yaroslavl Museum-Preserve in Russia has opened the exhibition “Nicholas against William.” The exhibition  presents Russian posters published during the First World War,  part of a larger museum project “Voices and Faces of the First World in the family memory.”

IKEA has opened its first museum – only amazing that this did not happen earlier.

A visit to the museum “In Flanders Fields” in Belgium, one of the most famous museums about World War I.

Cornelius Gurlitt dies; in surprise move he leaves his entire collection–and disputed–collection to a Swiss museum, coming, as the museum’s director said, “as a bolt out of the blue.”

The Pinchuk Art Centre in Kyiv is opening the exhibit, “Fear and Hope,”  where young Ukrainian artists reflect on the philosophical roots of the current crisis.

What happens when a museum invites you to “take one, leave one” ?  A New York museum’s experiment.  Who holds the curatorial power?

The Holocaust Museum in Washington DC sent a delegation to Syria to bear witness to the plight of refugees.  This video highlights the situation and refugees’ desperate needs.

Who controls a museum’s destiny?  The family of Peggy Guggenheim and the museum she founded in Venice in a struggle for the museum’s future.

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