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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 […]

Statue of Robert E Lee quietly removed from DC, may be replaced with sculpture of civil rights activist

A statue of Confederate General Robert E Lee has been removed from Washington DC following a summer that saw tensions over police brutality reach a breaking point. The monument is one of many around the world that have received renewed attention as cities face divided opinions on monuments honouring people with problematic pasts and what […]

Curator’s discover sheds new light on “Michelangelo’s Graffiti” at the Palazzo Vecchio

Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio is home to many treasures but it’s a bit of carved graffiti on the façade of the building that is receiving renewed interest recently. Known as L’importuno di Michelangelo (Michelangelo’s Graffiti), thanks to legends that have attributed the carving to Michelangelo, a curator has come across some evidence that could support the […]

Penn Museum to repatriate skulls of enslaved people held in the Morton Cranial Collection

The University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Museum has announced it will repatriate a number of crania that belonged to enslaved peoples. The skulls are part of a larger collection of more than 1,000 skulls that make up the Morton Cranial Collection, which has been held at the Penn Museum since 1966. The collection of skulls was […]

The V&A wants your COVID-19 signs to document life in lockdown

There’s no doubt that in a few generations, the COVID-19 pandemic will be included in history books. By then, people will have moved on, living lives less directly touched by the pandemic. Recognizing the unique situation we’re in – and the products that have come from it – London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) has […]

Curator Cecilia Alemani selected as artistic director for the 58th Venice Biennale

The 58th edition of the Venice Biennale wrapped up only weeks ago, but planning is already underway for the next biennale set for 2021. Kicking off new announcements for the 59th International Art Exhibition, is the announcement of Cecilia Alemani as curator of the biannual event. Her appointment makes her just the fifth women to […]

Making the workplace an art place: London exhibition by Curaty enters its final weeks

In just a few weeks, a unique exhibition of works will wrap up at Trivandi, a company founded out of the organising committee for the 2012 London Olympics. Their office, near London Bridge, isn’t the first place you’d think of for an exhibition of up-and-coming artists, but thanks to Curaty, a London-based start-up, it is. […]