Objects continue to make news by their return ,their sale, and their collection. Painted panel looted from Egypt returns from Germany. Museum of Death in Los Angeles acquires Jack Kevorkian’s “Death Machine.” Sacred Native American masks to be sold in Paris despite protests. And the Delaware Art Museum’s decision to monetize its collections is less successful than expected (and drew censure from professional organizations). And who really owns Elvis’ broken guitar? Museum or collector?
What do we risk when interpreting “just” World War I’s centenary? Nicole Deufel takes a thoughtful look at the need to expand our thinking.
Baseball’s Hall of Fame induction this past weekend led one sportswriter to ponder on museums. He writes, “museums are futile, there is no truth and the dodo is extinct, damn it.”
ICOM Ukraine uses social media to request information on the status of museums and cultural sites in embattled eastern Ukraine, particularly Lugansk, where little information has been available.