Admission Policy Lawsuit
Can a “recommended” admission fee be deceptive?
Yes, according to a class-action lawsuit aimed at New York’s prestigious Metropolitan Museum of Art. The suit, filed this month, accuses the Met of scheming to defraud visitors into believing a general admission fee of $25 per person is required, rather than merely suggested. It seeks compensation for museum members and visitors who paid by credit card over the past few years. About 40% of visitors pay full price, museum spokesman Harold Holzertold BBC News, and “those who balk at paying anything at all are told they won’t be allowed in unless they pay something, even a penny,” says the Associated Press. To read more, click here.
Art Attendance Survey
The art of today might overshadow the art of the past in the salerooms and university lecture halls, but in the temporary exhibition galleries of museums worldwide, Old Masters still punch their weight, albeit when they travel a long way from home. Top of our international survey of exhibition attendance during 2012 was a show of Dutch Old Masters that started a world tour in Japan. To read more, click here.
Collection to be Transferred
A last-ditch attempt to block plans to close the Higgins Armory Museum failed Wednesday after the museum’s board of incorporators voted overwhelmingly to transfer the prized collection of arms and armor to the nearby Worcester Art Museum. To read more, click here.
The Field Museum is offering scientists early retirement packages for the third time in five years as the institution struggles to cope with flat revenues and a high debt burden.
The offer was distributed Friday to 16 of the museum’s 27 curators — scientists who help develop exhibits but also identify new species and discover artifacts that illuminate ancient cultures. Eligibility was based on age and years of service. To read more, click here.
The Dallas Museum of Art announced Wednesday that one of its principal contemporary-art benefactors, Marguerite Hoffman, is providing $17 million to establish an endowment to enhance the museum’s collections of European art from before 1700.
The Marguerite and Robert Hoffman Fund represents one of the museum’s largest gifts of its kind. While the DMA is strong in late 19th- and early 20th-century art, including the area’s most significant collection of French impressionism and post-impressionism, the endowment will help expand the relatively modest holdings of Renaissance and Baroque art. To read more, click here.
A fast-moving fire has damaged a 107-year-old museum and library in London, threatening an eclectic trove of artifacts, including relics of the city’s Roman period, local media reported.
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