What Happened in Museums this Week?

What Happened in Museums This Week? May 18 – 24

900 Artifacts Recovered

National Museum Unveils Haul of ‘Looted’ Artefacts

The National Museum of Ireland today unveiled a recently recovered collection of some 900 artefacts which it said had been looted from historical sites around Ireland by “treasure hunters” using metal detectors.

Many of the artefacts were found by police in England following a tip-off from the British Museum after a hoard of medieval items was illegally taken into the jurisdiction. They were reclaimed in the Norfolk area. To read more, click here.

Google Art Project Grows

Kuwait Museum Joins Google Art Project

Dar Al Athar Al Islamiyyah (DAI) museum in Kuwait on Tuesday said that it was adding three high-resolution artworks from their collection to the Google Art Project.

The high-resolution images of “Timur Ruby”, a cobalt blue glazed jar and a carved limestone relief, allows art lovers the discovery of minute aspects of paintings they may never have seen up close before. To read more, click here.

Guggenheim in Wales?

Guggenheim Museum Proposed for Wales

There are proposals to bring a Guggenheim museum to Wales in a bid to replicate the success of the iconic art gallery in Bilbao in Spain.

The group behind the plan say the museum, which would be backed by the prestigious Guggenheim Foundation in New York, could transform Wales to an international cultural destination.

The idea came after a plan to open a Guggenheim in Helsinki fell through. To read more, click here.

Hirshhorn Director to Resign

Hirshhorn Director Plans to Resign After Board Splits on ‘Bubble’ Project

Richard Koshalek, the high-profile director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, announced his decision to resign by the end of the year after the Hirshhorn board’s split vote Thursday on the fate of the Seasonal Inflatable Structure project, informally known as the “Bubble.” To read more, click here.

Madoff at the Museum

Madoff Trinkets are Crime Museum’s Latest Attraction

Bernie Madoff has joined yet another rogues gallery, this time an actual museum gallery. In cooperation with the FBI, his victims and members of the Madoff family, the National Museum of Crime & Punishment this week opened a permanent exhibition devoted to one of the headlining villains of the Great Recession.

“He is the No. 1 public enemy for financial crime,” said Janine Vaccarello, the curator of the Madoff exhibit and chief operating officer of the five-year old crime museum in Washington D.C. “He was a serial killer of the financial industry.” To read more, click here.

Muppets Take Queens

Muppets Creator Henson’s Items Head to NYC Museum

The Muppets may have taken Manhattan, but they’re getting a spiffy new home in Queens.

Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Bert and Ernie of “Sesame Street” fame, the stars of “Fraggle Rock” and other puppets, costumes and items from throughout Muppets creator Jim Henson’s career have been donated to the Museum of the Moving Image, which is building a new gallery to house them, the institution announced Tuesday. To read more, click here.

Nat Geo Sacred Places

Indian Caribbean Museum in Nat Geo list of 500 Sacred Places

The Indian Caribbean Museum, described as “a national treasure, a window to the past, and an opportunity to see history come alive”, has been cited by a National Geographic publication that showcases 500 of the world’s most powerful and spiritual places and guides travellers who wish to visit them.

“This is a fitting recognition in just seven years of our existence, especially as we celebrate the 168th Indian Arrival Day May 30,” Sansbhan Jokhoo, the curator of the museum that serves as a link between indentured Indian labourers and the present, told IANS. To read more, click here.

Paula Deen Museum?

Hey, Y’all, Paula Deen Museum in the Works

Cork, Ireland, already has the butter museum. But Albany, Ga., might soon have the next-best thing: The Paula Deen Museum.

The Albany Herald reported that the love-her-or-love-to-hate-her Southern chef’s museum would be housed in her childhood home. The venture has been led by B.J. Fletcher, an Albany businesswoman, and Deen’s former husband, Jimmy Deen. To read more, click here.

Record Breaking Purchase

Britain’s Tate Museum Sets $34 Million Record for Constable Painting

The Tate Britain museum bought 19th century English painter John Constable‘s masterpiece “Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows” for 23.1 million pounds ($34.75 million), making it one of the most expensive British paintings ever sold.

The painting, dated 1831, of the towering cathedral in the middle distance under an overcast sky shot through with a rainbow had been at risk of being sold abroad and its sale sets a record for Constable, the Tate said on Thursday. To read more, click here.

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