Weekly News Roundup: May 27, 2014

Image-2-Emley_loosepageA fascinating new website takes a look at photographs, colonial legacies and museums in contemporary European culture.

The V & A Museum begins a program–and gallery exhibit- of rapid response collecting.  Among the first objects:  Primark jeans made in the Bangladesh factory consumed by fire last year.

Probably an act of terror: murder in the Jewish museum in Belgium.

An exhibition at the Arp Museum in Rolandseck shows the presentation of violence in the history of art.

The newly opened museum to 9/11 in New York City raises questions about the relation of politics and museum: What is the relation of documentation, memory and political interpretation?  And it also has raised questions about the business of museums, from a cocktail party to the gift shop–and whether there should even be a museum.

News from the Gurlitt case: The collector donated his collection to a Bern museum and now German museums announce claims.

A roundup of cultural news from Russia.

Russia far from home.  The Museum of Foundation of Russian history in Jordanville (NY), U.S. has opened in the largest and oldest Holy Trinity Monastery in the USA. The Museum of Russian history holds valuable archival documents from the early  20th century, including relics of the royal family, church relics.

In Ukraine, in early May, separatists stole weapons from a branch of the Museum of the Great Patriotic War in Donetsk;  afterwards, museum staff announced the two weapons had been legally transferred.  Confusion over the exact circumstances remain.

Five stolen Egyptian artifacts, looted in 2002, are located in Europe.

Chinese museum closed down after discovery that many artifacts are fake.

Image:  A page from Ernest Emley’s Album, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford.

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