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‘Michael Jackson: On the Wall’ continues to flourish at Espoo Museum of Modern Art

Since Leaving Neverland, a 2019 documentary, shook the core of many fans of the singer and songwriter Michael Jackson, his reputation has been tinged for some. You might expect that an exhibition of works centring on the ‘King of Pop,’ then, might receive negative feedback these days. However, so far, it seems it hasn’t after […]

Research shows complete under drawings in Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘The Virgin of the Rocks’

The Virgin of the Rocks is one of the London National Portrait Gallery’s most-visited paintings. Leonardo da Vinci painted the scene of the Virgin Mary with the infant Christ twice, the earlier version, dating from around 1483-1486, belongs to the Louvre, and the National Portrait Gallery’s c. 1491-1508 version was part of the St Francesco […]

Tate Modern edges out British Museum for top attendance spot

Drum roll, please… Recently, Visit England, a tourism organization, released the findings of their survey assessing what museums were most popular in 2018. The report found that Tate Modern saw an increase of four percent in attendance allowing it to overtake the British Museum as the most visited museum last year. Tate Modern is one […]

Mitchell Tyler’s photo of Beyoncé acquired by Smithsonian

You might already be familiar with the cover of Vogue’s September issue from last year… Beyoncé leans against a Grecian-style column clad in a gold, sequined Valentino gown before a gold background. Resting her head in her hands, the singer and icon gazes out at the viewer wearing a stunning gold starburst style headpiece. The […]

Louvre strikes Sackler name from gallery and website

The Louvre has become the first major institute to officially remove the Sackler family name from its galleries. The Sacklers had been associated with the museum’s wing of oriental antiquities since 1997 but today, a placard bearing the family’s name was removed from the gallery and all other references to the name have been temporarily […]

Anish Kapoor, Sarah Lucas and others, demand that the National Portrait Gallery breaks with BP

Art sponsorship and institutional donations have proven to be delicate and controversial matters, especially heightened in the past few years with the Sackler saga. Museums often rely on outside financial help to operate but at the same time such help often requires endorsing corporations, families or institutions that come with their own set of issues. […]

At 500, Tintoretto gets his first retrospective in the US

Jacopo Tintoretto, one of Venice’s greatest Renaissance artists, is currently having his first retrospective in the US and North America to celebrate the 500th anniversary of his birth. While other museums have been set on securing works by Leonardo da Vinci to commemorate the 500th anniversary of his death throughout 2019, the National Gallery of […]