What Happened in Museums this Week?

What Happened in Museums This Week? July 6 – 12

10 Museum Re-Openings and Expansions to Watch

Go big or go home seems to be the motto in museums today. Since the dawn of the blockbuster exhibitions of the 1980s museums have been actively competing for your entertainment dollars. They know that they must enhance your viewing experience or suffer the consequences. They are also competing with each other for donations of art and money from today’s mega-rich. Expansions with new state-of-the-art facilities seem to be de rigueur for institutions wanting to attract both visitors and patronage. To read more, click here.

An Amsterdam Museum Pays Tribute to Its History

In redesigning Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, its director, Wim Pijbes, looked to its past.

The Spanish architectural firm of Cruz y Ortiz was enlisted to capture the original style of the Rijksmuseum as it was conceived by Pierre Cuypers for its 1885 opening. To read more, click here.

Design Museum Sells Thames-Side Home to Architect Zaha Hadid

A former banana-ripening warehouse on the Thames that has been home to London’s Design Museum for 24 years has been sold to Zaha Hadid‘s architecture practice, it will be announced on Monday.

The sale will provide a boost – estimated to be in the region of £10m – to fundraising for the museum’s planned £80m move to the Commonwealth Institute in west London. To read more, click here.

Hirshhorn Museum’s Board of Trustees Chairman Resigns

The chairman of the Hirshhorn Museum’s board of trustees has resigned, citing a “lack of inclusiveness with which a number of trustees and staff associated with the Hirshhorn and the Smithsonian have behaved over the past year.” To read more, click here.

Istanbul Museum Parses ‘1001 Faces of Orientalism’

Thirty-five years after the cultural and literary critic Edward W. Said’s ground-breaking book “Orientalism” redefined the term, Orientalism remains a popular concept for major exhibitions — including, now, the Sakip Sabanci Museum’s “1001 Faces of Orientalism.” To read more, click here.

Jay-Z Is Performing ‘Picasso Baby’ for Six Hours at an Art Gallery

On the heels of Magna Carta Holy Grail’s release, Jay-Z upped his post-release hype with interviews and an impromptu Twitter Q&A. Now, he’s currently participating in a six-hour lip-sync, dance-off, performance-art hybrid of “Picasso Baby” at New York City’s Pace Gallery. To read more, click here.

Low-Wage Workers Strike at Smithsonian Museums

Low-wage workers connected with the nation’s marquee museum network held a strike on Thursday, continuing a string of recent demonstrations to promote better pay for employees at federal buildings. To read more, click here.

NRA Museum to Open in Springfield’s Bass Pro Shops

The grand opening of a new National Rifle Association museum takes place next month inside Bass Pro Shops‘ flagship store in southwest Missouri.

The Springfield News-Leader reports the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum occupies about 7,500 square feet of the outdoor recreation outfitter. The Aug. 2 grand opening coincides with the start of Bass Pro Shops’ Fall Hunting Classic. To read more, click here.

Sicily Cancels a Major Exhibition of Ancient Treasures at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Sicily has canceled a major traveling exhibition of ancient treasures scheduled to open Sept. 29 at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

The cancellation comes several weeks after Sicilian cultural authorities complained publicly that the prolonged loan of important antiquities to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, where the show is now on view, was hurting the island’s tourism economy. To read more, click here.

Top Museum Directors Protest L.A. Times Arts Reporter Layoff

It’s not often a newspaper writer makes the news rounds, but when Jori Finkel, the former arts reporter at The Los Angeles Times, was laid off last week, it didn’t go over well with the arts community, resulting in a Change.org petition set up by the Hammer Museum director Ann Philbin. To read more, click here.

What headlines caught your eye this week?

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