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Germany To Start Reopening Museums

"Chancellor Angela Merkel and German state leaders have agreed to start easing restrictions. If coronavirus cases are below 100 per 100,000 people over seven days - as in Berlin with a rate of 67.8 - people should be able to visit museums from Monday after booking a slot." - Reuters

Changing Roles For Museums Mean Confusion In How They’re Supported

What does it mean for museums to be responsive to their communities? Is it museums’ mission to provide an educational experience or meet changing demands for entertainment? How can museums be all things to all people? In the span of six decades, broadly speaking, museums have shifted from indifference to visitors to dreaming up ways to lure a broader base. And, once again, how do they pay for it all? - ARTnews

What Galleries Learned About Selling Art Online This Year

Online Viewing Rooms have certain advantages: collectors like the price transparency many fairs have demanded, and gallerists enjoy saving money on costly flights, hotels, and dinners. On the downside, the novelty of the online fair wears off quickly given the relative lack of excitement that accompanies staring at a screen. - Artnet

Louvre Gets Back 450-Year-Old Armor Stolen 39 Years Ago

"A military antiques expert alerted police after being called in to give advice regarding an inheritance in Bordeaux in January and becoming suspicious about the luxurious helmet and body armour in the family's collection. … The are thought to have been made in Milan between 1560 and 1580. They were donated to the Louvre in 1922 by the Rothschild family." - Yahoo! (AFP)

Reviving Mosul’s Cultural Museum, Six Years After ISIS Destroyed It

It was six years ago last week that extremist forces rampaged through the place, smashing ancient Assyrian sculptures with sledgehammers, burning books, looting anything sellable, and wrecking the building. Here's a look at how a consortium assembled by the Smithsonian, the Louvre, the World Monuments Fund, and the Iraqi State Board of Antiquities and Heritage is assessing the extent of the damage (yes, still) and making plans to repair it. - Artnet

So Who Made Pantone The Boss Of Colors Anyway?

Pantone started out, under another name, as a printing company, and one of its employees, Larry Herbert, got tired of trying to figure out exactly what hue his clients meant when they said things like "I want kind of a wine red" or "Sort of like a sky blue, but darker." He was the one who realized that the printing industry — and, ultimately, the rest of the design world — needed a standardized color reference, and he created one; now its descendants are used the world over. (How Pantone got to be the one to name a "Color of the Year" is a different, more irksome story.) - Slate

Boy Scouts To Sell Off Norman Rockwell Collection To Pay For Abuse Claims

In a reorganization plan filed in federal bankruptcy court in Delaware this week, the Boy Scouts listed nearly 60 pieces of art by Rockwell whose sale would help raise money for a settlement fund of at least $300 million for sexual abuse victims. - The New York Times

Mausoleum Of Emperor Augustus, Long Neglected, Now Restored and Reopening

"Still imposing after 2,000 years, a vast funerary monument that was once the resting place of Rome's emperors is to reopen to visitors on Tuesday after a €12 million restoration. … It is a place that, despite being right in the heart of the capital and just a stone's throw from busy shopping streets, restaurants and hotels, has rarely been open to Romans during the last 80 years." - Yahoo! (The Telegraph, UK)

A Little Island Grows Off Manhattan

Little Island completes the transformation of the Meatpacking District, where for decades freight cars delivered animals to slaughterhouses that lined and bloodied the nearby blocks. Now it’s a high-end neighborhood of sleek apartment towers, unaffordable art galleries and fashion retail. The long-abandoned freight viaduct has become the iconic High Line park, while the Whitney Museum of American Art sits just to the south, nudging its grey-metal prow toward the river along Gansevoort Street. - Aerate

What Was ‘The Mona Lisa Of Ancient Egypt’? A Gaggle Of Geese

"Called Meidum Geese, the painting was discovered in the 1800s in the Chapel of Itet at Meidum. Itet was the wife of the vizier Nefermaat, who ruled Egypt from 2610 to 2590 B.C. The powerful couple was able to commission works from the most sought-after artists of the day." - Artnet

Unknown Titian Painting Identified In English Village Church

"The Last Supper was gifted to St Michael and All Angels Church in Ledbury, Herefordshire, in 1909. Art historian Ronald Moore believes he has now discovered Titian's signature on the canvas during restoration work." - BBC

‘Lamborghini’ Of Ancient Roman Chariots Unearthed At Pompeii

"The chariot is preserved in remarkable detail, officials say, with four iron wheels, metal armrests and backrests, and a seat perched atop that could sit one or two people. Notably, the chariot is adorned with metal medallions depicting satyrs, nymphs and cupids, suggesting the possibility that it may have been used in marriage ceremonies." - NPR

The ‘Versailles Of Wales’ Is Falling Into Ruin

Can anyone force the Kimmel House's offshore corporation owners to save it? - The Observer (UK)

Ireland, Britain Reach Agreement In Century-Long Dispute Over Art Collection

The background to the 10-year (at least) truce: "In 1915 the Irish art collector Sir Hugh Lane was among nearly 1,200 people who died when the Lusitania, an ocean liner, was torpedoed by a German U-boat off the southern coast of Ireland. His will revealed that he had bequeathed his breathtaking collection of impressionist paintings to the National Gallery in London. But evidently he changed his mind. A codicil was found in Lane’s desk at the National Gallery of Ireland, where he was a director, leaving the paintings to Ireland. It was signed but unwitnessed, so London exercised its legal right to have them, sparking a bitter row that has continued ever since." - The Guardian (UK)

The ‘Guernica’ Replica Tapestry Hanging In The UN Has Been Repossessed By Its Rockefeller Owner

A spokesman for the UN Secretary General said, "I feel sad and a sense of loss looking at that empty wall. ... The tapestry was not only a moving reminder of the horrors of war but, because of where it stood, it was also a witness to so much history that unfolded outside of the Security Council since 1985." Nelson Rockefeller Jr. has not explained why he wanted it back. - The New York Times

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