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FILE - In this Oct.23, 2019 file photo, tourists wait to see Leonardo da Vinci's painting Mona Lisa, at the Louvre museum, in Paris. Iconic sites that are among some of France's biggest tourist draws won't reopen when the country lifts most of its coronavirus restrictions next week. Neither the Louvre Museum, the Eiffel Tower nor the Versailles Palace will be reopening next week when France lifts many of its remaining coronavirus lockdown restrictions. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

Europe prepares post-corona, socially-distanced culture-fest

May. 29, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

LE PECQ, France (AP) — You may need a face mask to see the Mona Lisa. You will have your temperature taken at the Colosseum in Rome. And to see views of Paris from the Eiffel Tower might require taking the stairs. After the cultural deprivation of the lockdown months during which their treasures were...

A man wearing a protective mask during the coronavirus pandemic crosses Amsterdam Avenue Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York opens the door to small religious gatherings

May. 20, 2020 6:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York will allow religious gatherings of up to 10 people as hospitalization rates continue to decline. More tests and outreach efforts are planned for hard-hit New York City neighborhoods. The Metropolitan Museum of Art could reopen its doors in mid-August. Coronavirus developments in...

Boston fine arts museum agrees to start $500K diversity fund

May. 6, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has agreed to create a $500,000 fund devoted to promoting diversity, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office announced Tuesday. The action comes after the world-class museum was accused of racism last year after black middle school students said...

How museums move fragile art from one museum to the next

May. 2, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The nymphs were invited to visit Italy this spring, but they are way too important to travel alone. Curator Lindsay Neal would have to escort them. The nymphs, or rather, the 1902 painting “The Cave of Storm Nymphs” by Sir Edward John Poynter, is a favorite at the...

FILE - This image released by the Gronninger Museum on Monday March 30, 2020, shows Dutch master Vincent van Gogh's painting titled

Video shows thief stole van Gogh painting with sledgehammer

Apr. 22, 2020 9:15 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — All it took was a few sturdy swings with a sledgehammer and a prized painting by Vincent van Gogh was gone. A Dutch crime-busting television show has aired security camera footage showing how an art thief smashed his way through reinforced glass doors at a museum in the early...

FILE - In this July 19, 2019 file photo, director of the Uffizi Gallery Eike Schmidt speaks during the unveiling ceremony of the

Uffizi, accustomed to taming crowds, looks to outbreak's end

Apr. 20, 2020 1:25 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The director of Italy's Uffizi Galleries is predicting a boom in visitors after coronavirus restrictions end, judging by what happened after previous emergencies closed down one of the world’s most popular museums. Museum director Eike Schmidt recalled that after the Arno River flooded...

This image provided by Larry Carter shows his painting Reservation Quarantine, an 11x14 oil on canvas via palette knife. The term “artist in residence” has taken on new meaning as the populace continues to confront the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Larry Carter via AP)

Tulsa museum showcasing quarantine art project amid pandemic

Apr. 19, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The term “artist in residence” has taken on new meaning as the populace continues to confront the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s probably safe to say that every artist these days is an artist in residence since they are having to stay at home just...

Donation will expand, rename University of Maine art museum

Apr. 16, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

ORONO, Maine (AP) — A pair of longtime Maine residents has donated more than $1 million to the University of Maine to help grow its art museum. The museum has been renamed the Linda G. and Donald N. Zillman Art Museum - University of Maine, college officials said. The Zillmans, who now live in New Mexico,...

Ogunquit art museum's new director has New England ties

Apr. 12, 2020 12:57 PM EDT

OGUNQUIT, Maine (AP) — An art museum in southern Maine has named a Michigan art professor as its new executive director. The Ogunquit Museum of American Art will be led by Amanda Lahikainen starting May 1, the museum's board president said. Lahikainen is the chair of the art department at Aquinas College...

FILE - This Sept. 19, 2014 file photo shows retail mogul Leslie Wexner, at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. A review released by Ohio State University on Thursday, April 9, 2020 identified $336,000 in donations and pledges that the university received from Jeffrey Epstein and his foundation, a sum the school said it was donating immediately to fight human trafficking. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

Epstein tied to $336K donated to Wexner Center at Ohio State

Apr. 9, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A review released by Ohio State University on Thursday identified $336,000 in donations and pledges that the university received from Jeffrey Epstein and his foundation, a sum the school said it was donating immediately to fight human trafficking. All the donations went to the Wexner...