Archive for January 2021

Researchers discover 45,000 year old cave paintings on Indonesian island

Researchers working in Indonesia have discovered what may be the oldest known cave paintings on Sulawesi, one of the country’s islands. It is thought that the painting is at least 45,000 years old and its age even calls into question if the makers of the painting were Homo sapiens, or perhaps a now extinct human […]

Paris green-lights major £225m Champs-Élysées revamp

Last year, we looked forward to Christo’s temporary transformation of the Arc de Triomphe (an installation now scheduled for October this year) but now, Paris has announced big plans for the Champs-Élysées, the iconic avenue that leads up to the Arc de Triomphe. The Champs-Élysées will be getting a permanent facelift over the next few […]

Smithsonian collects ephemera from insurrection at US Capitol Building

Curators at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, DC spent the aftermath of the January 6th unrest at the country’s capital collecting signs and posters. The ephemera were carried and paraded by members of the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol Building while Congress met to finalise the 2020 presidential election. The […]

A closer look at how the Getty Center protects its collection from the threat of a fire

The devastation that was caused by a 2018 fire at the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro was a bleak reminder to museums, galleries, and research facilities, alike, of the dangers of a fire. For that reason, museums and galleries around the world have taken on major steps over the years to safeguard their collections. […]

Art World Roundup: ringing in the new year with a controversial sculpture in Brazil, the US’s Public Domain Day, an El Greco attribution, and more

From us here at Art Critique , we hope your year has gotten off to a great start, despite the challenges that we continue to face, globally. We’re jumping into the year with our first Art World Roundup of 2021 and this week, we’re covering an intimate sculpture by Juliana Notari that’s caused division in […]

San Fran Art Institute considers sale of Diego Rivera mural

The future of a beloved mural by Mexican artist Diego Rivera at the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) is up in the air as the school’s board looks for ways to secure the longevity of the institute, which has faced financial turmoil in recent years. The mural, valued at around $50 million, would offer much-needed […]

Uffizi showcases 88 rarely seen illustrations of “The Divine Comedy” marking 700th anniversary of Dante’s death

In 2019, museums around the world celebrated the anniversary of Old Masters Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt. Now, it’s Dante’s turn and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence has kicked off the year with an online exhibition of works in celebration. In total, 88 rarely seen 16th-century illustrations of Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy created by […]