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Art as Diplomatic Token

Art as Diplomatic Token | Economic & Political News | Scoop.it
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The British Museum is lending a statue from the Parthenon to the Hermitage. It's not for an exhibition that will show it in a different context or add to our understanding. It's simply a tokenistic gesture, a single stand-alone loan for the Hermitage's birthday. Neil MacGregorwrites about grand universal values, but he trivialises them by sending arbitrary loans on foreign holidays. 

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Italian far right wants to turn Fascist HQ into mega-museum | The Art Newspaper

Italian far right wants to turn Fascist HQ into mega-museum | The Art Newspaper | Economic & Political News | Scoop.it
The Lega party—which may soon be in power—believes that Italy, through its culture, can lead the world
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Louvre blockbuster show heads to Iran in major move of cultural diplomacy

Louvre blockbuster show heads to Iran in major move of cultural diplomacy | Economic & Political News | Scoop.it
Exhibition of 50 Greek, Roman and Persian artefacts is "first large-scale exhibition by a major Western museum in Iran"
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How abolishing museum image fees could boost audiences

How abolishing museum image fees could boost audiences | Economic & Political News | Scoop.it
New research shows that image licensing is barely profitable for some UK museums
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Why bringing the Bayeux Tapestry to Britain is a mammoth task

Why bringing the Bayeux Tapestry to Britain is a mammoth task | Economic & Political News | Scoop.it
The 1000-year-old embroidery will have to move while its home in France undergoes renovations, but should it be coming to the UK?
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Costa Rica 'more complete' after recovering 200 artefacts from Venezuela

Costa Rica 'more complete' after recovering 200 artefacts from Venezuela | Economic & Political News | Scoop.it
Costa Rica said it is "more complete" after recovering nearly 200 pre-Columbian artefacts from Venezuela, where they had been amassed by a wealthy Estonian art collector. The handover of the 196 stone and ceramic figurines to the National Museum in Costa Rica on Wednesday marked the biggest-ever return of archaeological items to the Central American country.
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Greece seeks Parthenon sculpture from German Museum

Greece seeks Parthenon sculpture from German Museum | Economic & Political News | Scoop.it
Greece’s government is officially asking a German museum for the return of a head sculpture which once graced the Athens Parthenon. The sculpture, a centaur’s head which was located in the metope of Parthenon, has been an exhibit at the Martin Von Wagner museum in the University of Wurzburg for the past 160 years.
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8 Women Become Leaders of Top Institutions in Germany This Year, Yet Significant Gender Inequality Remains 

8 Women Become Leaders of Top Institutions in Germany This Year, Yet Significant Gender Inequality Remains  | Economic & Political News | Scoop.it
Despite the visibility of incoming female directors in 2018, the gender pay gap in Germany remains wide-and has even been widening.
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China lifts ban on Korean art

China lifts ban on Korean art | Economic & Political News | Scoop.it
Embargo was enforced after South Korea installed air-defence system amid tensions with North Korea
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The Met decides not to pull 'sexually suggestive' Balthus painting after petition signed by thousands

The Met decides not to pull 'sexually suggestive' Balthus painting after petition signed by thousands | Economic & Political News | Scoop.it
Controversy provides "opportunity for conversation", museum says
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Will French Museums Return African Objects? Emmanuel Macron Says Restitution Is a 'Priority' | artnet News

Will French Museums Return African Objects? Emmanuel Macron Says Restitution Is a 'Priority' | artnet News | Economic & Political News | Scoop.it
On a visit to Burkina Faso, the French President promised to make the restitution of French-owned African heritage a priority.
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UK museums' right to charge image fees is called into question

UK museums' right to charge image fees is called into question | Economic & Political News | Scoop.it
Campaign for institutions to free up photographs of out-of-copyright works is backed by legal experts
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Florence court puts foot down over Michelangelo's David

Florence court puts foot down over Michelangelo's David | Economic & Political News | Scoop.it
Civil court orders tour firm to remove images of famous nude from marketing used to sell expensive tickets to museum
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What Are the Biggest Challenges Facing UK Museums? Brexit and Budget Cuts, New Report Says | artnet News

What Are the Biggest Challenges Facing UK Museums? Brexit and Budget Cuts, New Report Says | artnet News | Economic & Political News | Scoop.it
A new report tallies government spending on UK museums—and suggests that budgets may only become squeezed further in the future.
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Looted Ethiopian treasures in UK could be returned on loan | Art and design | The Guardian

Looted Ethiopian treasures in UK could be returned on loan | Art and design | The Guardian | Economic & Political News | Scoop.it
Victoria and Albert Museum director says artefacts could be sent to Africa on long-term loan
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Aquella Gloria que perdió la catedral de Santiago | Cultura

Aquella Gloria que perdió la catedral de Santiago | Cultura | Economic & Political News | Scoop.it
La Xunta protege las dos estatuas que se llevó el dictador y otras siete piezas diseminadas del Maestro Mateo
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Liberal MP's bill aims to create national strategy for repatriating Indigenous cultural items

Liberal MP's bill aims to create national strategy for repatriating Indigenous cultural items | Economic & Political News | Scoop.it
A Nova Scotia Liberal MP who has tabled a private member's bill on the repatriation of Indigenous cultural items says he hopes it starts a national conversation.
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Louvre Abu Dhabi replaces map that omitted Qatar after international outcry

Louvre Abu Dhabi replaces map that omitted Qatar after international outcry | Economic & Political News | Scoop.it
Museum claims it was an "oversight", but others say it was political
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Le Louvre Abu Dhabi raye le Qatar de ses cartes

Le Louvre Abu Dhabi raye le Qatar de ses cartes | Economic & Political News | Scoop.it
Une carte exposée dans le musée des enfants qu’abrite l’institution fait polémique.
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British Museum would be 'honoured and delighted' to display Bayeux Tapestry after President Macron agrees historic loan

British Museum would be 'honoured and delighted' to display Bayeux Tapestry after President Macron agrees historic loan | Economic & Political News | Scoop.it
Embroidery to leave France for first time since the 11th century
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Secret Documents Reveal How the Berkshire Museum Manipulated Its Board Into Liquidating Its Collection | artnet News

Secret Documents Reveal How the Berkshire Museum Manipulated Its Board Into Liquidating Its Collection | artnet News | Economic & Political News | Scoop.it
The documents illustrate how the museum's leaders convinced the board to sell off 40 works—and made them think they had no choice.
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Supreme Court hears arguments in claim against Iranian antiquities

Supreme Court hears arguments in claim against Iranian antiquities | Economic & Political News | Scoop.it
Victims of a 1997 suicide attack want to seize ancient Persian tablets from a Chicago museum to satisfy a $71m judgment in their favour
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Emmanuel Macron promet à l’Afrique des restitutions d’œuvres africaines « d’ici à 5 ans »

Emmanuel Macron promet à l’Afrique des restitutions d’œuvres africaines « d’ici à 5 ans » | Economic & Political News | Scoop.it
Lors de son discours de Ouagadougou, le 28 novembre, le président de la République a affirmé ne « pas accepter qu’une large par
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The Gray Market: What the Berkshire Museum Saga Tells Us About the Future of Philanthropy (and Other Insights) | artnet News

The Gray Market: What the Berkshire Museum Saga Tells Us About the Future of Philanthropy (and Other Insights) | artnet News | Economic & Political News | Scoop.it
Why the endowment of regional museums is a 100 times less than big-city ones—and Tom Campbell’s Instagram kerfuffle over Salvator Mundi.
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Who Owns Art From Guantánamo Bay? Not Prisoners, U.S. Says

Who Owns Art From Guantánamo Bay? Not Prisoners, U.S. Says | Economic & Political News | Scoop.it
An art exhibition in Manhattan put detainees’ work on display. Now the Pentagon is deciding whether more art from Guantánamo Bay can be shared.
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Are the Arts Spreading? $8.45 Billion Was Spent on Building Cultural Institutions Around the World Last Year | artnet News

Are the Arts Spreading? $8.45 Billion Was Spent on Building Cultural Institutions Around the World Last Year | artnet News | Economic & Political News | Scoop.it
More than 101 major cultural facilities opened around the world last year to the tune of $8.45 billion, according to a new study.
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Yu Zhang's curator insight, November 22, 2017 10:24 AM

Check articles under the tag #newmuseum for museum projects completed or announced in China: https://www.scoop.it/t/museums-in-china/?&tag=new+museum