Restitution by UK museums | Apollo Magazine

Tristram Hunt, director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, has dipped a toe into some murky, and potentially treacherous, waters. At the beginning of July, a 3rd-century head of Eros (formerly in the V&A) was reunited with the sarcophagus (now in the Istanbul Archaeological Museum) from which it was detached in the 19th century and … Read more

San Francisco Museums Acquire Works by 30 Bay Area Artists

Wesaam Al-Badry, works from the Al-Kouture series (2018): “Valentino #X,” “Gucci #VII,” and “Gucci #II,” archival pigment prints (images courtesy the artist and Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco and New York) Wesaam Al-Badry calls it an “institutional stamp of approval.” For Chelsea Ryoko Wong, it’s “monumental.” And Rupy C. Tut says she will now be … Read more

Royal British Columbia Museums scraps demolition plan

The plan to demolish and rebuild the Royal British Columbia Museum was put on hold on Wednesday. CBC News reports that British Columbia’s premier John Horgan made the announcement at a press conference in which he said that the $789m development unveiled only last month was the ‘wrong decision at the wrong time’. A poll … Read more

Report Finds Alarming Levels of Political Interference in Museums

A new report published by the International Committee for Museum Management (INTERCOM) and the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art (CIMAM) suggests that museums in Central and Southeastern Europe are subject to dangerously high levels of political meddling and influence. The report’s findings will help set the agenda for the upcoming International … Read more

Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Poetics Surveyed at Whitney and Hessel Museums –

In photo documentation of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Aveugle Voix (1975), the artist appears in all white, squatting, with her black hair flowing down to her ankles. Performing in San Francisco, Cha bound her eyes with a length of white fabric on which VOIX (French for voice) was stenciled in black, and wrapped around her … Read more

Vaccine passports and museums | Apollo Magazine

When Italy first introduced the requirement for Covid-19 passes to enter public spaces in early August, the controversial decree led one museum director in Naples to resign. Fabrizio Masucci, director of the Museo Cappella Sansevero, published an open letter stating that ‘museums are by their very vocation places of inclusion, and that equal access to … Read more

Nepal Debuts Inaugural Venice Pavilion with Rubin Museum’s Support

From left to right: Nepal Pavilion Curators Hit Man Gurung and Sheelasha Rajbhandari with exhibiting artist Tcherin Sherpa (photo by Chhiring Dorje Gurung, courtesy the artists) This week, Nepal will be making its debut at the 59th Venice Biennale alongside fellow newcomers Cameroon, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Namibia, Oman, and Uganda. For its inaugural national pavilion, the … Read more

Glasgow Museums Will Repatriate 17 Benin Bronzes to Nigeria

Museums in Glasgow will restitute 17 Benin bronzes, seven Indian artifacts, and 25 Lakota items — some of them seized from the site of the 1890 Wounded Knee mosque in South Dakota — to their communities of origin, the Glasgow City Council announced last week. The return represents “the largest-ever repatriation of cultural artefacts from … Read more