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Rock star David Bowie was a goldmine for Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art in late 2014 and early 2015.

A multimedia exhibition that zeroed in on the iconic rock star's life and career drew nearly 200,000 people to the Museum during the show's run — the most for a single exhibition in the MCA's 47-year history. Now the MCA is gearing up for a new show "Pop Art Design" that could hold similar appeal.

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Wednesday, 23 September 2015 12:05

An Employee Strike Forces the Musee d’Orsay to Close

Parisian museumgoers anxious to see Musée d'Orsay's new exhibition featuring artistic depictions of the world's oldest profession will have to wait. Due to a strike from workers protesting plans to keep the museum open seven days a week, the institution was forced to remain closed today.

The Musée d'Orsay announced the closure on Twitter. According to the New York Times, the museum is currently negotiating with strikers and does not know when it will reopen.

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Hurrah. Another American museum has gotten it right, bracing against the tide of disastrous new buildings and additions that ruin and sometimes cripple so many of these institutions.

The cause for celebration is a makeover at the venerable Wadsworth Atheneum here, which opened its doors in 1844 and is this country’s oldest art museum in continuous operation. It joins a growing list of successful expansions and refurbishments that may mark the end of an era of architectural indulgence that began in 1978 with the opening of the National Gallery’s East Wing, the putative mother of useless event spaces that nourish neither art nor the people who love it.

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It’s a tidy fantasy that artists birth masterworks in a single assured gesture. It’s equally illusory to think that there are fixed ways for a museum to present an artist’s output. Three thematically related fall exhibitions at the Cantor Art Center explore the various spheres of influence and process in order to illuminate the complexities of making and appreciating art. “Edward Hopper: New York Corner,” “Richard Diebenkorn: The Sketchbooks Revealed,” and “Artists at Work” are autonomous shows that together open up inspiring new angles from which to view familiar artists.

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Two teams, from Barcelona and New York, have been awarded joint first place in a competition to design a new home for the Bauhaus Museum Dessau.

The jury for the international competition selected two proposals for the new museum, which will preserve and present a collection of products created by the influential German art and design school.

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Casa Vicens, the first house designed by Antoni Gaudí in 1888, is in the midst of a renovation in order to be converted into a museum-house. The building, which has been on Unesco’s world heritage list since 1984, is due to open to the public for the first time in autumn 2016.

The Andorran bank MoraBanc acquired Casa Vicens in March 2014, with the aim of making the building accessible to the public, La Vanguardia reports.

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A 12-year-old boy had the worst museum visit ever this past Sunday, at Taipei's Huashan 1914 Creative Park. The boy tripped and punched a Paolo Porpora painting valued at $1.5 million as he was trying to keep his balance.

According to Focus Taiwan, the boy was with a guided tour group visiting the exhibition "The Face of Leonardo, Images of a Genius," which gathers 55 paintings by key artists starting from the Italian Renaissance and going up to the 20th century.

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Two decades after stealing antiquities from a first-century Jewish city in the Golan Heights, on the borders of Israel and Syria, a robber returned the loot to a museum's courtyard, Israeli authorities announced.

The returned artifacts included two 2,000-year-old sling stones, also called ballista balls, which would've been used as weapons, and an anonymous typed noted saying, "These are two Roman ballista balls from Gamla, from a residential quarter at the foot of the summit.

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Sunday, 28 June 2015 23:25

Charting the Museum Boom

This has been a huge week for museum news, what with the Guggenheim selecting the winning design for its proposed Helsinki branch, and the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which had been scheduled to open in December, announcing that it would be postponing its inauguration by another year. It has also been a huge year for museum construction, with many institutions—public and private, established and upstart—spending, in total, hundreds of millions of dollars on new buildings, with even more on the way...

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Last Saturday, a hapless museum-goer was taking in the ancient exhibits at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum on the Greek island of Crete, when she suddenly tripped and fell. In doing so she, grabbed onto a 4,000 year-old Minoan vase to break her fall and shamefully smashed the prehistoric artifact, the "Daily Mail" reports.

The Greek Culture Ministry said the culprit suffered minor injuries to her legs, while the vase on the other hand, was completely destroyed. Restorers at the institution are optimistic, however.

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