Restoration of Valongo Wharf underway, museum still uncertain

Nearly one million African slaves would have walked up the steps of Valongo Wharf in Rio de Janeiro between 1811 and 1831. Brazil would be the destination for more than a third of all the African slaves sent to Latin America.   Valongo Wharf was uncovered by accident in 2016 when preparations for the Olympics led to an ad hoc […]

Bold Burger King Super Bowl ad features Andy Warhol

American football fanatics and those who tune into the Super Bowl each year simply to watch the ads witnessed a Burger King advertisement unlike any other. The 45 second window didn’t feature the comedy skits synonymous with Doritos, Clydesdales and Dalmatians like Budweiser, or scantily clad women associated with the fast food chain Hardee’s. Instead, […]

Van Gogh Museum’s ‘Sunflowers’ to stay in Amsterdam permanently

Well-known and well-loved, the Van Gogh Museum’s Sunflowers (1889) by the Dutch master has recently undergone a ‘full body scan’ to better understand its condition. The scan determined that the iconic artwork is currently not fit to travel as it is ‘stable but vulnerable’ according to the museum’s director. Thus, the painting will stay put […]

King Tut’s tomb: 10 years of conservation

After a decade, extensive conservation and preservation efforts have wrapped up at King Tut’s tomb in Egypt. The project gets the major tourist destination ready just ahead of the 100th anniversary of when British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered Tutankhamen’s final resting place in 1922. In the decades that followed Carter’s historic discovery, hundreds of thousands […]

‘Most convincing’ thumbprint by Leonardo da Vinci will be on exhibit this year

An artwork becomes an extension of an artist and experiencing a work in person can feel as though you’re in their company even if the artist has been dead for centuries. Examining the brushstrokes laid out by an artist or seeing the materials brought together to create a work allows for a connection between viewer, […]

Black 3.0, like Vantablack but available to all artists – unless you’re Anish Kapoor

Back in 2016, Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor sparked controversy amongst artists when he acquired exclusive rights to the blackest of black pigments known as Vantablack. The material was developed by Surrey NanoSystems, a UK firm, with military purposes in mind but the incredible paint intrigued artists, as well. Prior to obtaining the rights to […]

A Chicago museum’s unique way to highlight the gender pay gap

According to the American Association of University Women (AAUW) the median women’s pay is 80% of that of their male counterparts – in other words, for every dollar that men earn, women, by and large only earn $0.81. The gender pay gap widens for women of colour and of different nationalities (particularly Latina women). The […]