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Louvre museum pays tribute to pyramid's architect Pei

May. 17, 2019 10:09 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Louvre museum in Paris paid tribute Friday to the architect of its giant glass pyramid, I.M. Pei who died earlier this week at the age of 102 at his home in New York City. Dozens of employees of the Louvre gathered under the pyramid, which serves as the museum's monumental entrance, for a...

Met Museum: No more money from family connected to OxyContin

May. 15, 2019 7:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Wednesday said it would stop taking monetary gifts from members of the Sackler family who are connected to the pharmaceutical company that makes OxyContin, cutting a longstanding philanthropic relationship at a time when cultural institutions are coming...

Inside the Met Gala: Feathers, bling and ideas about 'camp'

May. 7, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The cocktail bar was shutting down, and guests were being encouraged to commence the elegant trek to dinner through the majestic halls of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. But Joan Collins had just swept in, channeling her famous "Dynasty" character, Alexis, in a tiered gown of fluffy white...

Celebs try to out-camp each other at wild Met Gala

May. 7, 2019 9:43 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Cardi B swept by in a stunning red quilted dress accentuated with a matching sequin headpiece, feathers and a train that took up much of the pink carpet, Jared Leto was accompanied by his own (fake) head and Katy Perry came as a candled chandelier at the crazy, campy Met Gala on Monday...

Bring on the camp: Met Gala exhibit explores camp in fashion

May. 6, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Louis XIV and Oscar Wilde, meet Bjork and Lady Gaga. What quality do they share, across the centuries? An innate sense of camp — the aesthetic that's being celebrated in the new fashion mega-exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, "Camp: Notes on Fashion."...

Texas 'Uncaged Art' displays work from teen immigrants

May. 4, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Artwork created by teenage immigrants who were held in a now-dismantled tent city in West Texas portrays their longing for freedom and comforting places, a curator said. The fundamental theme in the "Uncaged Art" exhibition is the Quetzal bird and its colorful plumage, The Dallas...

France, Italy honor Leonardo 500 years after artist's death

May. 2, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The presidents of France and Italy laid a wreath Thursday on the tomb of Leonardo da Vinci, who died in the French town of Amboise exactly 500 years ago. The joint visit by Presidents Emmanuel Macron and Sergio Mattarella aimed to show their attachment to cultural sites uniting the two...

LA judge rules Spanish museum can keep Nazi-looted painting

May. 1, 2019 12:49 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge in Los Angeles ruled Tuesday that a Spanish museum that acquired a priceless, Nazi-looted painting in 1992 is the work's rightful owner, and not the survivors of the Jewish woman who surrendered it 80 years ago to escape the Holocaust. Although U.S. District Judge John F....

US museum condemns use of its art by German far-right party

Apr. 30, 2019 9:43 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — An American art museum is demanding that a German far-right party stop using one of its paintings, portraying a 19th-century slave auction, on an anti-Muslim campaign poster. The case is drawing attention to the ways in which populist parties are playing on fear of foreigners to win votes for...

Ban on banana-eating artwork draws ridicule in Poland

Apr. 29, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A few hundred mostly young people jointly ate bananas outside Warsaw's top national gallery on Monday to protest what they called censorship, after authorities removed artwork there featuring the fruit, saying it was improper. The protest was called by artists and opposition...