What Happened in Museums this Week?

What Happened in Museums This Week? July 13 – 20

Chinese Museum Closes After Writer Claims Most of its 40,000 Relics are Fake

A Chinese museum is shutting up shop over claims that most of its 40,000 relics are all fake.

The Jibaozhai Museum, in Jizhou, closed Tuesday after a prominent writer revealed inconsistencies with what were supposed to be its unique cultural gems. To read more, click here.

Detroit Files for Bankruptcy as Attention Turns to Art Collection

Detroit is the largest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy.

State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr on Thursday asked a federal judge permission to place the city into Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection.

Bill Nowling, a spokesman for Orr, said Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder approved the bankruptcy filing.

So what’s next for Detroit? Could the city sell off art pieces as assets? To read more, click here.

Getty Museum Acquires Multimedia Installation From Werner Herzog

The Getty Museum made a splashy announcement last month when it revealed that it had acquired Werner Herzog’s multimedia artwork, Hearsay of the Soul, which was created for the 2012 Whitney Biennial, and will place it on view from July 23 through Jan. 19. Herzog’s piece is a five-channel video installation that focuses on the intricate landscape etchings of Dutch Golden Age painter Hercules Segers (c. 1590-1638), and is accompanied by the music of Dutch cellist and composer Ernst Reijseger, a longtime Herzog collaborator. To read more, click here.

Mother of Romanian Suspected of Stealing Paintings by Monet, Picasso and Matisse Claims She Burned the Artworks in Her Oven

Art experts at a Romanian museum are analysing ashes found in a stove to see if they are the remains of seven paintings by Monet, Picasso and others said to be worth around £100million that were stolen in a brazen heist last year. To read more, click here.

Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas Hits 1 Million Visitor Milestone Months Earlier Than Expected

Less than eight months since its December 1 debut to the general public, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas has topped the 1 million mark in visitors coming through the doors, a milestone reached much earlier than museum officials anticipated. The millionth visitor walked through the doors sometime late Friday afternoon (July 12). To read more, click here.

Russian Government Decides Against Recreating Museum Shut by Stalin

The Russian government has decided against reuniting two prerevolutionary art collections that include works by Picasso and Matisse. The decision sets to rest, for now at least, a dispute that was addressed directly to President Vladimir V. Putin on live national television and prompted a months long war of words between the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow and the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. To read more, click here.

Utah Museum Unveils New Big-Nosed Dino with Horns

Previously unknown to science, the specimen formally earned a species name Wednesday as the Natural History Museum of Utah unveiled the fossilized remains. The research team led by Scott Sampson — aka Dr. Scott of public television’s “Dinosaur Train” — dubbed the creature in honor of the monument’s paleontologist, Alan Titus. To read more, click here.

What headlines caught your eye this week?

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