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Collecting current history on climate change at the V&A

There are moments in history where it has been clear that history is being made. In 1963 when Martin Luther King Jr said ‘I Have a Dream’ or as the Apollo 11 made a successful moon landing where Neil Armstrong uttered ‘one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.’ While those moments aren’t […]

Smithsonian Museum interested in obtaining migrant children’s drawings

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is reportedly considering adding drawings made by formerly detained migrant children to its collection. Following months of public outcry against appalling conditions at some Border Patrol facilities, this is widely seen as a move to document an invaluable part of American history. Some of the children’s images feature […]

An abrupt end to a dream job at the Serpentine Galleries

When Yana Peel took the reigns at London’s Serpentine Galleries in 2016, she said it was her dream job. Three years later, she is being forced to resign after a public outcry over her dubious business relations. The former Goldman Sachs banker resigned as chief executive last week right before the opening of the Serpentine […]

A hidden Vermeer – within a Vermeer – uncovered

Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window, one of Vermeer’s best-known and loved paintings, is getting a facelift and once it’s complete there will be an old addition new to everyone today. After 250 years in hiding, a nude cupid figure is being revealed thanks to painstakingly tedious restorative work. The figure was covered […]

The Met is no longer taking money from the Sackler family

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City says it will no longer accept any donations from the notorious Sackler family, owners of Purdue Pharma who have been ridden with controversy due to their contribution to and profiting from the opioid addiction crisis. The Met released a statement on Wednesday saying that it decided […]

X-Ray reveals self-portrait hidden under Artemisia Gentileschi painting

Artemisia Gentileschi’s 1619 “Saint Catherine of Alexandria” bears a strong resemblance to a similarly titled self-portrait by the artist from 1615-17 owned by London’s National Gallery. Both paintings display regal, dark-haired women clad in red, holding the saint’s signature broken torture wheel while holding a martyr’s palm close to their chest. One turbaned figure gives […]

Portrait of Kevin Spacey at the V&A museum raises questions

London’s Victoria & Albert Museum is facing a backlash for planning to exhibit a portrait of the now-disgraced American actor Kevin Spacey in a show set to open in late April. The actor is currently being trialed in the US for allegedly assaulting an 18-year-old man at a bar in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Spacey has so […]