What Happened in Museums this Week?

What Happened in Museums This Week? January 25 – 31

A Look at Plans for the Academy Movie Museum on Wilshire

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has posted a fairly detailed update on the plans to renovate the old May Co. department store at Wilshire and Fairfax into the movie museum Los Angeles has never had. To read more, click here.

Central America’s Largest Museum of Mayan Culture to be Built in Guatemala

Swiss firm Harry Gugger Studio and Boston office over,under have teamed up to design Central America’s largest museum of Mayan history and culture for a site in Guatemala City.

Planned for the northern edge of L’Aurora Park, the Museo Maya de América will house a vast collection of historical artefacts from the Mayan regions of southern Mexico and northern Central America, within an all-new structure that draws on the architecture of traditional Mayan temples. To read more, click here.

Denver, Seattle Museums Put Artworks on the Line in Super Bowl Wager

If the Seattle Seahawks‘ ferocious defense isn’t enough to make Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning sweat on Super Bowl Sunday, how about the prospect of allowing a city’s museum-goers to get thrown for another loss?

Besides the Vince Lombardi Trophy, a sterling silver football on a pedestal, and immeasurable bragging rights, the teams will be playing for the artistic gratification of their respective citizens, thanks to a bet between the directors of the Seattle Art Museum and Denver Art Museum. To read more, click here.

First-ever Porsche Headed Home to Company Museum

Now while you’d think that such an important piece of Porsche heritage has been in a museum or even the automaker’s not-so-secret lair, it has actually been sitting at a warehouse for the last 112 years. Thankfully, that’s all about to change as Porsche has recovered P1, and the car will soon be on “permanent display” at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart. To read more, click here.

Germany Funds Opening of Bolivia’s First Jewish Museum

The Jewish community of Bolivia inaugurated the country’s first Jewish museum with financial assistance from Germany.

The inauguration took place earlier this month in Cochabamba, 250 miles southeast of the capital La Paz, according to a report Thursday by the Jewish Argentinian website Radio Jai. To read more, click here.

In Rare Public Forum, Architect Defends Decision to Take Down Former Folk Art Museum

An architect typically doesn’t go before the public to defend a private project. But on Tuesday night Liz Diller of Diller Scofidio & Renfro stood before a crowd of 650 people, many of them her peers, to explain in detail the six-month process by which her firm tried to save the former home of the American Folk Art Museum before deciding it was impossible. To read more, click here.

Museum on the Frontline

Museum Blogger Linda Norris’ friend and colleague Olesya Ostrovska, an art expert in Kyiv, graciously agreed to allow Linda to share this post, published last weekend, about current conditions at the National Art Museum of Ukraine, originally written as a post on Eurolution.doc Ukraine on Maidan, a Facebook page dedicated to sharing perspectives on current events in Ukraine “without cliche’ or manipulations.”  Click here to read more on Linda’s blog, The Uncatalogued Museum.

Smithsonian Scraps Plan to Reopen Shuttered Site

The 133-year-old Arts and Industries Building, one of the original exhibition spaces in the nation’s capital, has undergone a $55 million federally funded renovation to replace its roof and rehabilitate the structure. It was shuttered in 2004 because of structural problems and leaks. While scaffolding is now being dismantled around the building, it will remain closed until further notice, officials said late Monday. To read more, click here.

UNESCO Team ‘Shocked’ at Egypt Islamic Museum Loss

UNESCO pledged Friday to help restore a renowned museum dedicated to Islamic history in Cairo that was devastated by a bomb last week, with officials expressing “shock” at the scale of the damage.

The Museum of Islamic Art was across the street from the truck bomb that targeted the Egyptian capital’s security headquarters on Jan. 24. It killed four people and caused damage to buildings for hundreds of meters (yards) around, smashing the museum’s facade and sending debris crashing onto exhibits. To read more, click here.

What headlines caught your eye this week?

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