Latest Art museums News

Louvre opens huge outpost to protect art from flooding

Oct. 8, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

LIEVIN, France (AP) — The Louvre opened a new sprawling art conservation center Tuesday some 200 kilometers (120 miles) from Paris to protect the museum's priceless artworks from its flood-prone storage reserves. The Louvre Conservation Center in Lievin, northern France, will help protect valuable works...

Accused of racism, renowned museum confronts its blind spots

Oct. 7, 2019 8:53 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston's regal Museum of Fine Arts, home to some of humanity's greatest artworks, is scrambling to make amends. Last spring, the world-class museum was accused of racism after black middle school students said they were harangued and mistreated on a class trip by other museum patrons and a...

Spain gets last word on London sale of Botticelli painting

Oct. 2, 2019 2:45 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — A Botticelli portrait of a humanist poet that long hung in Madrid's El Prado Museum is being offered this week for sale during London's Frieze Masters art fair for $30 million. But a Spanish law on cultural treasures might create difficulties for a foreign buyer seeking to bring the treasure...

Egypt displays looted coffin returned from New York's Met

Oct. 1, 2019 10:46 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt displayed a gilded ancient coffin from the first century B.C. on Tuesday, which New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art returned last week after U.S. investigators determined it to be a looted antiquity. The coffin once held the mummy of Nedjemankh, a priest in the Ptolemaic Period some...

Officials says ancient gilded coffin arrived in Egypt

Sep. 28, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian airport officials say a gilded coffin that was featured at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art has arrived in Cairo. They say the Coffin of Nedjemankh, which investigators in New York determined to be a looted antiquity, arrived Saturday. The officials spoke of condition of...

Anna Wintour turns teacher, job coach in online MasterClass

Sep. 27, 2019 1:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Fashion is a world where the "next new thing" is constantly celebrated, where designers must keep reinventing themselves or risk falling into obscurity. Atop that world, Anna Wintour remains a strikingly durable and influential presence. Her image never changes: the midi-length, brightly...

Ancient gilded coffin is returned to Egypt government

Sep. 25, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A gilded coffin that was featured at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art is on its way back to Egypt after it was determined to be a looted antiquity. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and Egypt's foreign minister Sameh Hassan Shoukry held a repatriation ceremony in New York on...

RIGHT AT HOME: Cool stationery elevates the handwritten note

Sep. 24, 2019 8:43 AM EDT

We're all emailing, texting and DM'ing as fast as our thumbs can type these days, but there's also some Old School pushback. For many style-savvy communicators, handwritten notes are the thing. Whether it's a follow-up thank you or a stand-alone communique conveying anything from warmth to wisdom, the humble...

Artist Marina Abramovic opens exhibition in native Belgrade

Sep. 21, 2019 6:58 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Performance artist Marina Abramovic is displaying her work in her native Belgrade for the first time in 44 years, and she says that returning home has been highly emotional. Abramovic summoned journalists to Belgrade's Museum of Contemporary Art at the crack of dawn on Saturday for...

Who are the Sacklers, the family behind maker of OxyContin?

Sep. 19, 2019 10:28 PM EDT

For a family with its name on a wing of one of the world's most famous museums and a school at a prestigious university, members of the Sackler clan have done a remarkable job of vanishing from public life. The family owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, which filed for bankruptcy this week as part of an effort to...