Weekly News Roundup: August 11, 2014

Pyramiden_july2011_9Check out this website on Cold War era tourist sites in Europe and the United States, ranging from the UK’s Radar Museum to the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas.

Despite being censured by professional organizations and its art selling far below estimate,  the Delaware Art Museum continues down its path of deaccessioning to raise operating funds.

The Moving Museum takes up residence in Istanbul.

The battle for Roma history in the Czech Republic.

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Weekly News Roundup: June 23, 2014

whc2014_qhapaq_nan_bolivia06UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee inscribes new cultural and natural sites to the World Heritage List including the six-nation nomination in South America, the Qhapac Ñan, Andean Road System; Bolgar Historical and Archaeological Complex, (Russia);  Decorated Cave of Pont d’Arc, known as Grotte Chauvet-Pont d’Arc, Ardeche (France); Pergamon and its Multi-Layered Cultural Landscape (Turkey); and Myanmar’s first entry to the list, Pyu Ancient Cities. Sites on the list now number over 100.

Are science museums skittish about climate change?  Does it depend on where their financial support comes from?

What does 3D printing mean for the future of contested artifacts?

Italy does away with the free entrance for EU citizens over 65 and introduces more flexible opening times. Moreover, the government wants more private companies to take care of Italy’s art and promises tax breaks for patrons.

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Weekly News Roundup: June 16, 2014

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With an ongoing imbalance at museum director level and discrepancies in pay, gender issues deserve more mind space.  

Protestors invade British Museum, with Viking boat, to protest BP’s sponsorship of Viking exhibit.

Cabinet of Curiosities (How Disability Was Kept in a Box) a new exhibit by artist Matt Fraser draws UK archives and museums to take a look at a long-ignored topic.

Izolyatsia, a cultural center in Donetsk, Ukraine, was directly targeted and taken over at gunpoint by the “Donetsk People’s Republic,”  endangering contemporary art installations, buildings, staff and free expression.

United States government considers LGBT historic sites for designation.

On June 13-14, the UnStraight Museum Conference in the UK was held.  Videos from presentations are here.

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