Weekly News Roundup: April 21, 2014

t03_05040120Working conditions in museums have changed  substantially during the last years. More and more freelancers are included in the often daily work.  Now the service staff in the Jewish museum has complained.   And for additional thoughtful perspectives,  check out this this issue of Art Practical on valuing labor in the arts.

One lone (and brave)  Chinese archivist documents protests through social media. 

Tiananmen Square memorial museum to open in Hong Kong.  Goal is remembrance as the 25th anniversary approaches.

Politics are not just external but also internal.  12 museum staffers respond to the prompt,  “sketch what you think represents coordination.”

UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova states at a conference, today “culture is not a collateral victim of conflict, it became a direct and deliberate target.”  Expanding out from that, read Sam Hardy’s blog post, “Should cultural monuments become an active issue of the human rights agenda?”

Is it ever acceptable for museums to lie?

Power Politics explored in a review of two exhibitions at the Aberdeen Maritime Museum in Scotland.  What viewpoints do museums present while working with industrial sponsors?  Working with communities?

More and more German museums are online, presenting not only information but their collection for exploration by all.

Upcoming in London, Disobedient Objects at the Victoria and Albert Museum.  Follow the project blog as objects from protest movements around the world come to the museum.

What happens when objects are repatriated to their country of origin?  The New York Times explores a few stories.

How much marketing do we want and why is Museums’ Night is such a success?

The famous German TV program “The Mouse” has discovered the museum – interesting not only for children!


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