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Canadian Museum for Human Rights Receives Global Best Project Award

CNW, 21 April 2014


WINNIPEG, MANITOBA – “PCL Construction is pleased to announce that the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) in Winnipeg has received a 2014 Global Best Project Award from Engineering-News Record (ENR). ‘This new national museum is the kind of project that comes along once in a generation,’ said CMHR president and CEO Stuart Murray. ‘We were not merely constructing a building, but creating a work of architectural art that stands as a showpiece and testament to human rights.’”


« Le musée du sport doit ouvrir avant le 1er juillet »

20minutes, 8 avril 2014


NICE, FRANCE – "Marie Grasse La directrice fait le point sur l'installation à l'Allianz Riviera. Fermé le 1er janvier 2013 à Paris, il devrait rouvrir ses portes à Nice « avant le 1er juillet », selon sa directrice générale Marie Grasse. Le musée national du sport, logé dans un espace de 5 000 m2 au pied de l'Allianz Riviera, le nouveau stade niçois, peaufine son installation. Elle fait le point sur les derniers préparatifs."


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Construction on National Museum of African American Music to start in 2015

Daily Journal, 6 April 2014


NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – "Construction on the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville could start as early as next year. Project leaders told The Tennessean the construction will be one component of a larger redevelopment on the site of the old Nashville Convention Center in downtown.

The wheels were put in motion to build a museum to honor African American culture in 2000 when the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce created a task force to study the issue."

[see also, Construction on the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville Could Begin in Early 2015, BCNN1, April 2014]


La Fondation du patrimoine lance un appel aux dons pour le projet Lascaux 4

Journal des Arts, 4 avril 2014


PARIS, France – "La Fondation du patrimoine a ouvert, le 2 avril 2014, une souscription nationale pour le projet de sanctuarisation de la colline de Lascaux."


Key approval for Museum of the American Revolution

Philly.com, 4 April 2014


PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – "They were told to make it better - Philadelphia's Art Commission would accept no less from architects designing a proposed $150 million museum devoted to the Revolutionary War. Especially one that would stand just two blocks from Independence Hall.

So Wednesday, Robert A.M. Stern Architects delivered. And they were rewarded with unanimous approval of revised designs they had put together for the Museum of the American Revolution at Third and Chestnut Streets. The panel's vote effectively clears the way for building permits to be issued in the months ahead and for construction plans to be drawn up for a hoped-for opening in late 2016."



monuments-nationaux.fr, 3 Avril 2014 > 29 Juin 2014


FRANCE – "En partenariat avec le Centre des monuments nationaux, et à l’initiative de Lab’Bel, Laboratoire artistique du groupe Bel, le projet The Light Hours vise à faire entrer en résonnance un site d’exception, la Villa Savoye, construite par Le Corbusier à Poissy (Yvelines) entre 1928 et 1931 et une vaste installation in situ, de son et de lumière, conçue par l’artiste britannique Haroon Mirza (né en 1977) dont ce sera l’une des premières interventions en France."


From Slave Ship Shackles to the Mountaintop

The New York Times, 1 April 2014


MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE – "The climax of the sweeping new exhibition at the National Civil Rights Museum here is almost painfully mundane. An open container of milk and a half-drunk cup of coffee sit on a table near a 1960s television topped by rabbit-ear antennas. A peach-colored bedspread is pulled back, and the remains of a catfish lunch are nearby. Pale yellow curtains are open to the balcony outside. We are looking at Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel.

This is the room that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. left for a moment on April 4, 1968, to go to the balcony. That was when James Earl Ray, an escaped convict with a heritage of hatred, aimed a rifle and took his shot. The museum, which opened in 1991 as one of the nation’s first civil rights museums, was constructed around the room that was left behind, its contents reproduced behind glass."


Une visite de chantier du Louvre Abou Dabi avec son architecte, Jean Nouvel

Connaissance des Arts, 27 mars 2014


ABU DABI, Emirats – "Le chantier du Louvre Abou Dabi vient de prendre une tournure décisive avec la pose des premiers éléments du gigantesque dôme. 5000 ouvriers sont actuellement employés sur le site, jour et nuit car les délais sont impératifs : l’inauguration aura lieu le 2 décembre 2015, jour de la fête nationale."


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George Lucas museum site search moves to Chicago

Bingham Homepage, 17 April 2014


CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – "Veteran filmmaker George Lucas has turned his attentions to the city of Chicago, Illinois as he continues his search for a site for his art museum.

The Star Wars moviemaker had originally hoped to build the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum in San Francisco, California, but the plans were rejected by local officials who deemed the proposed building "too big" and "inappropriate".

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has since reached out to Lucas and offered to help find him find a site, so the search has now turned to the Windy City."


Angola: Construction of Diamond Museum Valued At 70 Billion Kwanza

AllAfrica, 17 April 2014


LUANDA, ANGOLA – "The construction and assembly of the "Diamond Museum" is estimated at 70 billion kwanza, and may take three years, reported today, Thursday, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Diamond Company of Angola (ENDIAMA).

Antonio Sumbula was speaking to the press at the end of a meeting of the Commission on Social Policy of the Council of Ministers, chaired by the vice president, Manuel Vicente, where he presented the project, which was endorsed by the participants.

ENDIAMA boss said that the construction project begins practically on Thursday, with its approval, by the Commission on Social Policy of the Council of Ministers, and may be completed within three years."


Rijksmuseum hints at expansion to host 20th century objects.

Dutch News, 11 April 2014


AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – "Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, which reopened last year after a 10-year renovation project, could do with a new wing to display its growing collection of 20th century art and objects, director Wim Pijbes says in an interview with the AD.

'The 20th century collection is growing and more will be bought and donated in the coming years,' Pijbes told the paper.

'I do not consider it inconceivable that expansion - a wing or pavilion - would be necessary to properly display the collection of 20th century objects.'

The Philips wing was added later to the original museum to display the 19th century collection, Pijbes pointed out. 'If the building is no bigger than it is, there is only one option - expand.' Pijbes said he had ideas about where the new wing could be located but was not yet prepared to give details."


Parks Canada and Canadian Canoe Museum Consider Potential Relocation of Museum to Peterborough Lift Lock

Parks Canada, 9 April 2014


PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO – "Parks Canada and the Canadian Canoe Museum are exploring an innovative idea of relocating the museum to the Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site on the Trent-Severn Waterway as a way to boost the tourism and revenue potential for both organizations. The construction of a new museum at this location would consolidate two significant tourism and recreation destinations in the region and offer enhanced opportunities for Canadian families, including the opportunity to better explore the canoe’s history in Canada and enjoy the diverse water-related programming and associated activities that can be offered by the museum at this historic location."


Denver Children's Museum expansion starts

9 News, 8 April 2014


DENVER, COLORADO – "A $12.8 million indoor and outdoor expansion at the Denver Children's Museum gets underway this week.

Major renovations will double the size and of the museum.

A groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday will include school children digging the first dirt at the museum, which is located at 2121 Children's Museum Dr.

The museum is dedicated to enriching the early learning experience for children up to eight years of age. Hundreds of thousands of people visited the museum in 2013.

The Denver Children's Museum will be open during construction, which is expected to last 18 months."


Work Begins on Stuhr's "Gem of the Prairie"

Nebraska.TV, 8 April 2014


GRAND ISLAND, NEBRASKA – "Work begins on a $7 million construction project that should improve a local landmark and keep it among the nation's top museums.

More than cosmetic changes are needed at the Stuhr Building. The museum wants to preserve its artifacts, and its standing as one of the nation's most prestigious museums. 

"To me, it feels like we're at the end," Museum Director Joe Black said. 

The start of construction marks the end of the planning phase at Stuhr Museum, years after they decided to restore a building they call the 'gem of the prairie.'"


New Ann Arborite starts world's first Dinnerware Museum

MLive, 5 April 2014


ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN – "Curator and ceramics historian Margaret Carney has amassed enough dinnerware to start a museum. Upon moving to Ann Arbor, last year, the new Ann Arborite enacted a dream and founded The Dinnerware Museum. The new foodie-friendly cultural attraction is the world's only museum entirely devoted to the objects we use to eat and drink, along with dining-inspired fine art and kitsch."


Expanded Tacoma Art Museum to Open in November

ArtsBeat, 4 April 2014


TACOMA, WASHINGTON – "The Tacoma Art Museum will unveil its new 16,000 square-foot addition to the public on Sunday, Nov. 16. The extension, called the Haub Family Galleries, will house approximately 300 Western American paintings donated by Erivan and Helga Haub in 2012. The collection includes depictions of cowboys and Native Americans, landscapes and historical themes by established artists including Frederic Remington and Georgia O’Keeffe, as well as contemporary Native American artists like William Acheff and Kevin Red Star. The expansion, design by Olson Kundig Architects, will include redone lobby, a sculpture hall and renovated outdoor plaza."


Chipperfield’s Museo delle Culture for Milan to open this October

The Art Newspaper, 3 April 2014


MILAN, ITALY – "Milan’s long-awaited Museo delle Culture, designed by the British architect David Chipperfield, is due to open in October in the city’s cultural district of Tortona. The museum, which has been in pipeline since 1999 and cost the city €60m, is an important test of the public-private model in Italy. The city will oversee the museum’s permanent collection, while a private company will run the institution’s commercial enterprises, its education programme and organise two exhibitions a year. This joint venture is of particular significance in Italy because public-private partnerships in the cultural sector are still viewed with some suspicion. Dwindling government funds for art and culture, however, have created a vacuum that only the private sector can fill."

[see also, Giant leap for MAN in Madrid, The Art Newspaper, April 2014]


Shrewsbury museum and art gallery opens today

Shropshire Star, 1 April 2014


SHREWSBURY, UNITED KINGDOM – "Museum staff were putting the finishing touches to the thousands of exhibits and artefacts prior to the doors opening at 10am today.

A team of volunteers and curators were on hand to ensure all went smoothly as the hotly anticipated opening time drew closer.

Councillor Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council cabinet member for visitor economy, said: ‘Today marks the culmination of a huge amount of incredibly hard work from a lot of people, and we are delighted to see the doors of this magnificent building open to the public again.’"


Museum of comedy hopes to put laughs on London's tourist trail

The Guardian, 1 April 2014


LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – "What links both Ronnies' spectacles, Charlie Chaplin's cane, Tommy Cooper's handmade props and – once it has been sprayed – the stuffed North American grizzly bear from Steptoe and Son's home on Oil Drum Lane?

All the above will be part of a new museum of comedy being planned for a church crypt in central London."

[see also, London's first Museum of Comedy launches today, The Telegraph, April 2014]


Réouverture du musée archéologique de Madrid

Connaissance des Arts, 1er avril 2014


MADRID, Espagne – "Suite à sa restructuration complète, le musée archéologique national de Madrid rouvre ses portes aujourd’hui, dans le bâtiment néoclassique construit par l’architecte Francisco Jareño, près de la Plaza de Colón."


The Children’s Museum Of The Brazos Valley Announces Relocation Plans

KBTX, 31 March 2014


BRAZOS VALLEY, TEXAS – "The Children's Museum of the Brazos Valley is excited to announce that we will soon be relocating to a new, centralized location that will allow us to better service our community.

The Children's Museum has made many wonderful memories in Downtown Bryan since we first opened our doors 18 years ago. Since that time, the Brazos Valley has experienced tremendous growth and as the needs of our community change, the Museum must grow and change to ensure we are able to provide the best educational experience possible to the families in the Brazos Valley and beyond. Therefore, the Children's Museum is pleased to announce that in the coming months we will be relocating to a new more central location with ample exhibit space."


The Bell Museum unveils plans for new facility

Twin Cities Daily Planet, 30 March 2014


MINNESOTA, UNITED STATED – "Museum of Natural History officials earlier this month unveiled plans to build a new $57.5 million state-of-the-art facility in Falcon Heights to replace its “outdated and inflexible facility” on the East Bank. Officials of the 142-year-old museum have been waiting for years to secure state funding for a new building, but say they are hopeful that their fortunes might soon change, thanks in part to an innovative plan that would combine the museum with a 120-seat planetarium.

The new Bell Museum of Natural History and Planetarium would be built on a 12-acre site on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus, on the southwest corner of Larpenteur and Cleveland avenues. It would be only about 10,000 square feet larger than the existing museum site, at 10 S.E. Church St. in Minneapolis, but would triple the organization’s capacity to serve school groups, officials said."


Spain's archeological museum to open after six-year renovation

MENAFN, 29 March 2014


MADRID, SPAIN – "Spain's National Archaeological Museum reopens to the public on Tuesday after a massive six-year overhaul that aims to offer a state-of-the-art space for its collection of ancient artefacts.

The redesign of one of Madrid's largest museums, housing items from prehistoric times until the 19th century, began in 2008 and cost 65.2 million euros (89.8 million).

It has incorporated new audiovisual displays, maps and graphic panels to give greater context to the objects on display, which include Greek vases, Roman mosaics and ancient sacred artefacts."


Museum plan for Cultybraggan PoW camp

The Courier, 29 March 2014


PERTHSHIRE, SCOTLAND – "Ambitious plans to open up one of Scotland’s most unusual attractions have been unveiled. The former Second World War prisoner of war camp at Cultybraggan is one of the best preserved in the UK and local volunteers hope to unveil its history.

Over the last few months, work has been ongoing to transform a former guard room into a heritage centre.

The permanent exhibition aims to give visitors an introduction to Cultybraggan and the nearby village of Comrie. Large display boards have been installed in a Nissen hut at the entrance to the camp, covering events in the last 100 years."


Moscow’s Garage Art Center to Transform Into Museum

Gnomes national news service, 28 March 2014


MOSCOW, RUSSIA – "The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, the nonprofit art center opened in Moscow in 2008 by the collector Dasha Zhukova, has decided to transform itself into a museum, a change that will initially involve only its name but that the institution hopes will signal its intention to become a permanent part of Russia’s rapidly expanding art world.

The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, as it will be known on May 1, was first located in a Constructivist-era landmark bus garage near the Olympic Stadium. It is now in a temporary structure designed by Shigeru Ban, the Japanese architect who won the Pritzker Architecture Prize this week, and it is awaiting a move in 2015 to a permanent home, a derelict restaurant building in Gorky Park being redesigned by the architect Rem Koolhaas."


Children’s museum aiming for August 2015 opening

Daily Bulldog, 27 March 2014


FARMINGTON, CONNECTICUT – "The Western Maine Play Museum appears to be off and running, with a board member informing the Mt. Blue Regional School District directors Tuesday evening that the museum is aiming for an August 2015 opening.

Lori Lewis, a former Mt. Blue teacher and museum board member, told the school board that the group had a property, located in Wilton, in mind and was working to acquire it by the end of the month. The property in question was a house, Lewis said, which had been donated to the museum. Josh Wojcik of Upright Frameworks LLC had offered to undertake the renovations at cost."


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Thomas Heatherwick unveils 125,000 sq m cracked landscape park for Abu Dhabi

World Architecture News, 23 April 2014


ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – "At Cityscape Abu Dhabi this week, Thomas Heatherwick unveiled his 125,000 sq m park design for the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation. Heatherwick and his London team at Heatherwick Studio have been working on the project for the past two and a half years, with construction due to commence in Abu Dhabi in early 2015. It is estimated that the park will open to the public in 2017."


5468796 Architecture and numberTEN architectural group release competition entry for Art Gallery of Greater Victoria competition

World Architecture News, 17 April 2014


VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA – "Currently housed in an aging mansion and cluster of Modernist additions, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in British Columbia is in need of extensive renovation. A competition for the transformation project was won by LWPAC Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc. + Moore Architecture Inc. Associated Architects, but here we consider the shortlisted proposal by 5468796 Architecture and numberTEN architectural group."


8-strong shortlist announced for UK Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015

World Architecture News, 17 April 2014


UNITED KINGDOM – "Eight teams have reached the final stages of a design competition for the UK Pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015. The six month event will address the theme Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life, and entrants into the design competition were challenged to channel the additional UK theme, Grown in Britain: Shared Globally.

Whilst UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) has released concept designs and short explanatory texts for each shortlisted proposal, the concepts have been left anonymous in line with EU procurement regulations. On 1 May, the eight teams will present their submissions to the competition jury with a final winner expected by the end of May."


fjmt's transformation of Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery takes original buildings as artefacts of the wider exhibition

World Architecture News, 17 April 2014


HOBART, AUSTRALIA – "Australian firm Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (fjmt) have shared their stunning renovation project at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) with WAN. This sensitive redevelopment project has already been very well received on our Facebook site, where one image of the wooden spiral staircase was shared almost 300 times.

The $30m scheme has provided 2,000 sq m of new public space and exhibition facilities across three floors at the TMAG, with a new visitor entranceway inserted at the historic Watergate entrance."


Wright & Wright Architects to design Geffrye Museum development

Leisure Opportunities, 16 April 2014


LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – "The Geffrye Museum has named Wright & Wright Architects to lead the design of its £14m (€17m, US$23m) development scheme.

The project will create new spaces for the museum’s collections and library – set to feature a gallery, cafe and conference facilities as well as a rejuvenation of the current public spaces. A planning application will be submitted by 2016 and the opening of the redeveloped museum is set for 2020."


Contemporary Austin hires East Coast firm for Laguna Gloria master plan

Austin Business Journal, 14 April 2014


AUSTIN, TEXAS – "The Contemporary Austin fine arts museum has hired Cambridge, Mass.-based architectural firm Reed Hilderbrand to create a new master plan for the museum’s 12-acre Laguna Gloria site. The master plan is being developed in collaboration with Urban Design Group and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and will lead to a budget for the creation of the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park. Last year, The Contemporary Austin received a $9 million gift from the Dallas-based Betty and Edward Marcus Foundation to pay for the sculpture park."


Masterplan for 152,300 sq m arts, culture and entertainment campus released by Benoy

World Architecture News, 11 April 2014


SHANGHAI, CHINA – "DreamCenter has been released as the leading element of the ‘West Bund Media Port’ project; one of the largest cultural investment projects currently undertaken in China. Located along the Huangpu River in Shanghai’s Xuhui District, the integrated development is the result of a dynamic collaboration between Lan Kwai Fong Group, DreamWorks Animation and CMC Capital Partners."


KSR Architects design rainbow-hued pavilion for Camden Create Festival 2014

World Architecture News, 10 April 2014


LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – "Local design studio KSR Architects has been selected as the winner of a competition to conceptualise a temporary pavilion for the London Borough of Camden as part of the first ever Camden Create Festival.

Due to be held on 13-15 May 2014, the festival will draw attention to the plethora of creative industries in the area to encourage additional media and artistic firms to set up shop within the borough."


Reid Building by Steven Holl Architects, JM architects and Arup opens in Glasgow

World Architecture News, 10 April 2014


GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – "On Wednesday 9 April, the Steven Holl Architects and JM architects-designed Reid Building at the Glasgow School of Art was officially declared open, having been occupied by students since January 2014. The celebratory event was attended by ex-student and respected actor Robbie Coltrane, and Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop.

Hyslop said: “Steven Holl and JM architects have crafted a building that is a true work of art in its own right. Facing Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s masterpiece The Glasgow School of Art, it is a bold response to one of Scotland’s most architecturally important buildings."


...Gehry's reformed Arts Resource Center for LUMA Arles starts onsite in Southern France

World Architecture News, 9 April 2014


FRANCE – "A groundbreaking ceremony has been held for an Arts Resource Center designed by Frank Gehry at the LUMA Arles complex in southern France. The twisted metal form will be encased at ground level by a cylindrical glass structure, the result of a redesign process in which Gehry’s original aluminium towers were reduced in height and relocated to reclaim views towards the bell tower of a nearby church."


Nobel prize's new home revealed

The Guardian, 9 April 2014


STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – "The Nobel Foundation has unveiled the winning design for a building that will give the world's most prestigious prize a home for the first time in its 114-year history. The foundation hopes to inaugurate the 25,000 sq metre building in 2018, when it is expected to house nearly all its activities, including the Nobel prize ceremony and the Nobel museum."

[see also, New home of the Nobel Prize in Stockholm designed by David Chipperfield Architects, World Architecture News, April 2014]


BIG Designs Labyrinth for Atrium of National Building Museum

Arch Daily, 3 April 2014


WASHINGTON, D.C – "The National Building Museum (NBM) has announced that BIG has designed a 61×61 foot maze to be housed in the building’s grand atrium from July 4th to September 1st of this year. According to the NBM’s website, the labyrinth’s Baltic birch plywood walls, which stand 18 feet high at the maze’s periphery, descend as you make your way towards the center. From the core, then, visitors receive a view of the entire layout – and a better understanding of how to get back out."


Guggenheim seeks architect to design Helsinki satellite

The Art Newspaper, 1 April 2014


HELSINKI, FINLAND – "The Guggenheim and its Finnish partners are due to launch an international competition on 4 June to find an architect to design a Helsinki satellite, a spokeswoman for the New York foundation confirms. Last week, representatives from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation travelled to the Finnish capital to discuss details of the open competition. A job advertisement also appeared last week for a New York-based co-ordinator for the Helsinki branch which, subject to funding and political support, would be built in the city’s South Harbour."


Seattle Aquarium hires lead architect EHDD to design future expansion

Seattle Aquarium, 26 March 2014


SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – "Seattle Aquarium announced Tuesday it has selected Marc L’Italien, a Principal with the San Francisco architectural firm of EHDD, to be the lead architect for its expansion concept design project. “L’Italien is among the most seasoned and respected architects in the world of aquarium design, bringing broad qualifications and a firm grasp of the Seattle Aquarium’s design opportunities and challenges,” said Aquarium President & CEO Bob Davidson. “The selection was based on L’Italien’s personal energy, leadership, listening skills, perception of the issues and relevant experience.” L’Italien joined EHDD in 1990 and has more than 20 years of experience in the design of public aquariums and waterfront projects, including, most notably, the Exploratorium, San Francisco’s beloved museum of science, art and human perception that moved to its new home on the Embarcadero last year."


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Samsung Innovation Museum now open: Features past and future of technology industry

Tech Times, 21 April 2014


SUWON, SOUTH KOREA – "Amidst its current innovation issues, Samsung opened the doors of its Samsung Innovation Museum to the public on Monday, April 21, apparently in an effort to educate the public on the history of the electronics industry and its role in that story."


Oklahoma City bombing museum sees technology boost

The Washington Times, 18 April 2014


OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA – "A memorial and museum built to remember the worst act of domestic terrorism on American soil is in the midst of a $7 million upgrade so it can better portray how different the world was when Timothy McVeigh blew up the Oklahoma City federal building 19 years ago Saturday. "


Google's new Motion Photography Prize transforms humble GIF into high art

CNN, 17 April 2014


LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – "When you think of GIFs, those never-ending sequences of looping motion, you're more likely to associate them with lightly humorous viral content than a respectable art form.

However, their hypnotic movement has been gaining favor with the artistic community, and now one of the most high profile museums in the world, London's Saatchi Gallery, has teamed up with Google+ to explore their more reflective side."


Download 35,000 Works of Art from the National Gallery, Including Masterpieces by Van Gogh, Gauguin, Rembrandt & More

Open Culture, 12 April 2014


WASHINGTON, D.C. – "Van Gogh and Gaugin’s several self-portraits still inspire wonder. My younger self had the luxury of seeing these particular two up close and in person at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC: Van Gogh’s gaunt and piercing visage, Gauguin’s sneering self-parody. Now, thanks to the wonders of digital technology, my older self, and yours, can view and download high-resolution photos of both paintings, and over 35,000 more from the museum’s vast holdings, through NGA Images, ‘a repository of digital images of the collections of the National Gallery of Art.’"


It’s time for mobile

Museums Association, 10 April 2014


UK – "Research from NHM shows audiences are mobile-enabled - Enough has been written about smartphone ownership in the context of museum visitors. The vast majority of visitors of all ages own and bring a smartphone to a museum. And yes, the UK is still a leading smartphone market."


Hemingway: A Simple Online Tool for Better Short-Form Writing

Museum 2.0 blog, 9 April 2014


USA – "Exhibit labels. Promotional text. Grant proposals. For many arts/museum professionals, writing text in 100-word chunks is a daily activity. And unfortunately, a lot of that writing is lousy. There are great references for better art writing, but we don't always use them. We pack sentences with high-falutin vocabulary, pepper them with clauses, and wrap them up in insider language. Recently, I discovered an online tool that can change that. It's called Hemingway. Its intent is "to make your writing bold and clear." It does this by offering everything you wish Microsoft Word grammar check provided."


Ten digital lessons (or 'the things I learnt at my first Museums and the Web')

V&A, 7 April 2014


UK – "As the old conference quip goes, it's often easier to meet up with your peers half way round the globe than in your hometown. Museums and the Web 2014 was no exception. This was my first outing at the conference and, as well as getting to meet some of my peers and counterparts from London's museums, I was also introduced to an equally brilliant bunch of colleagues from across the globe (ok, mainly the US and Europe, but nonetheless brilliant)."


HCM City to build innovative monument museum

VietNam News, 5 April 2014


HCM CITY, VIETNAM – "HCM City will use 3D technology to build a museum of historical-cultural relics, which will provide information about the country's iconic monuments.

Envisaged under a programme to use IT to foster cultural tourism, it will see the use of modern equipment and technology such as radio frequency identification and geographic information system."


Boston museum announces plans for 4D cinema

Attractions Management, 3 April 2014


BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – "The Museum of Science in Boston is to open a new 98-seat 4D cinema in August. It will use technology from Toronto-based SimEx-Iwerks Entertainment, combining a high-definition 3D film with sensory effects built into the seats and cinema environment. The current 3D digital cinema at the museum will close on 30 March as a result.

The cost of installation is $2.5m, including the cost of renovating the cinema."


Italy heritage sleuths launch stolen art app

Digital Journal, 2 April 2014


ITALY – "Italy's top art detectives, global experts in finding stolen works, launched a smartphone app Wednesday to get people to collaborate on cracking crimes.

The application, which will be available to download from AndroidMarket and AppleStore soon, was "thought up and created for citizens", according to Mariano Mossa, the head of Italy's heritage police.


New app will help visitors to Perryville Battlefield State Historic site

Kentucky.com, 31 March 2014


BOYLE COUNTY, KENTUCKY – "A new app created by Ball State University students will enhance the experience of visitors to Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site in Boyle County.

Perryville was the largest and bloodiest Civil War battle fought in Kentucky. It left about 7,600 soldiers dead, wounded or missing in October 1862.

The app provides firsthand accounts of the action, including troop movements and a look at life through a soldier's eyes. The battle unfolds with digital narratives and historical photographs as visitors travel the site. "


The arts and culture sector must think about data ... but differently

The Guardian, 28 March 2014


UK – "From exhibition directories to museum floorplans, data can augment the audience experience and offers new approaches to solving problems"


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National Library of Ireland adds 10,000 artefacts to digital collection

Portraits of Robert Emmet, Theobald Wolfe Tone and Daniel O'Connell feature in collection

independent.ie, 25 April 2014


IRELAND – "Portraits of some of Ireland's most revered historical figures are among tens of thousands of artefects opened to the world in a newly-expanded digital collection. The engravings and drawings - which include Robert Emmet, Theobald Wolfe Tone and Daniel O'Connell - are part of a revealing series first catalogued by librarian Rosalind Elmes, and named in her honour."


Tasmanian Aboriginal musician Dewayne Everettsmith keeps language alive through song

www.abc.net.au, 22 April 2014


TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA – "A Tasmanian singer-songwriter is spreading the sounds of local Indigenous language beyond the island, as interest in learning it grows within the state. Dewayne Everettsmith has released an album that includes the first commercially available song in Palawa kani. Palawa kani was constructed in the 1990s from community memory and documentary evidence of about a dozen original Indigenous languages. The song, Melaythina, was written by Aboriginal community members before Everettsmith put his own music to it."


New museum to open celebrating John Paul II

New Europe Online, 22 April 2014


POLAND – "A new museum in Poland is offering viewers a chance to see what it’s like to walk in the shoes of a saint — or at least to have a look at the black socks he wore for the journey. With the late Pope John Paul II’s elevation to sainthood set for later this month, his hometown of Wadowice is celebrating with the grand opening of a €6.2m multimedia facility to show the faithful about his steps in life. The museum opened on April 9 in the southern city of Wadowice, where Karol Wojtyla was born on 18 May 1920."


Devon's 'War Horse farm' opens up museum

BBC News, 19 April 2014


DEVON, UNITED KINGDOM – "A Devon farm which featured in the children's book War Horse has opened a museum dedicated to the story. Parsonage Farm, which has been farmed by the same family for nearly 100 years features in the Michael Morpurgo book, along with the parish of Iddesleigh.

The farm's 500-year-old cob barn now houses a War Horse exhibition, along with World War One artefacts. Local residents have contributed letters and photos from 100 years ago to the exhibition.

Graham Ward, from the museum, said: 'Michael Morpurgo is a neighbour and he based his book on this farm. He has lived here since 1974, Iddesleigh is his home. There are several people that Michael spoke to when he was writing his book.' "


This Summer, The Great Outdoors Will Become One Giant Museum

Huffington Post, 15 April 2014


UNITED STATES – "There are few things more visually assaulting than a billboard-size advertisement hocking slim-fit jeans, razor-thin tablets or cold-activated beer cans. The large signs, hovering on the sides of skyscrapers and the edges of interstates, are usually eyesores in an otherwise pleasing urban or rural landscape. We could think of a thousand things more worthy of a 50-foot long public canvas -- namely, real art. Thankfully, a new campaign called "Art Everywhere" seems to agree. Organized by five American art museums and the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA), the project will take the form of a nationwide public art exhibition hosted on the blank spaces of 50,000 billboard and poster displays. It will bring around 50 famous artworks from the museum's archives -- like Grant Wood's "American Gothic" or Edward Hopper's "Nighthawks" -- to the outdoor spaces of the United States, and we couldn't be more pleased."


Old Prague cargo railway station may be turned into cultural center

Prague Post, 15 April 2014


PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC – "The Functionalist technical building of the Prague–Žižkov cargo railway station (Nákladové nádraží Žižkov) may be turned into the seat of a cultural institution, Culture Minister Daniel Herman (Christian Democrats, KDU-ČSL) said today during the signing of a document related to the planned reconstruction. Herman signed a memorandum on cooperation between the Culture Ministry, the state-run České drahy (Czech Railways) railway operator and the developer. He said the unused railway station building, which is part of the country's cultural heritage, would turn into a cultural center. It might house the National Film Archive or exhibition halls of the Museum of Decorative Arts or the National Technical Museum, Herman added.”


Exhibit variety plan for Sitka museum

JuneauEmpire, 14 April 2014


SITKA, ALASKA – "Rotating artifacts and themed exhibits are part of the Sitka Historical Society’s plan to make their museum a more dynamic place to learn about Sitka’s past. Sitka Historical Society Executive Director Hal Spackman spoke at Wednesday’s Chamber of Commerce lunch and explained that the society is revamping its approach to telling Sitka’s story.

'I hope for other people it’s a rebirth of the Sitka Historical Society,' Spackman said."


[record] Les musées à l'heure de la culture de masse

France Culture, 13 avril 2014


1.     Nouvelle secrétaire d'Etat au numérique : Axelle Lemaire - Avec Emmanuel Paquette, journaliste au magazine l'Express

2.     Le Yin et le Yang de la presse - Par Agnès Chauveau

3.     Le musée d'Orsay à l'heure de la culture de masse - Avec Guy Cogeval, président du musée d'Orsay


SFMOMA Announces Plans for Monumental Photography Center

Afanews, 11 April 2014


SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – "The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) announced that in 2016, it will unveil its John and Lisa Pritzker Center for Photography. It will be the largest exhibition space for photography in the United States. The museum is in the midst of a considerable expansion, which is being helmed by Snøhetta, a firm with headquarters in Norway and New York. The $365 million project will double the size of the museum."


Museum dedicated to Maria Callas set to open by end-2015



ATHENS, GREECE – "A museum dedicated to opera great Maria Callas is expected to open its doors in central Athens by the end of next year. Located at 44 Mitropoleos Street, the museum will be housed in a building owned by the City of Athens.

Carried out by architect-museologist Erato Koutsoudaki, assistant professor of museology Dr Andromachi Gazi and conductor-musicologist Alexandros Charkiolakis, the project’s museological and museographical study was unveiled on Wednesday.

According to reports, the study reflects the considerable progress in the way the Greek state has dealt with the celebrated artist’s added value to date."


Rochester Huguenot centre gets £1.2m lottery award

BBC News, 2 April 2014


KENT, UNITED KINGDOM – "The French Hospital had needed £1.5m for the centre in Rochester, dedicated to the 250,000 protestants who fled France in the 17th and 18th Century.

The centre, due to open in 2015, will include three exhibitions and an archive and research centre.

Peter Duval, Huguenot Heritage Centre chairman, said it would help promote a "little known but fascinating" story. The French Hospital was founded in 1718 to offer sanctuary to poor Huguenots.

The Heritage Lottery Fund award will see exhibitions portraying three main elements of the Huguenot story - persecution, the Huguenots as refugees and the Huguenots today."


Ados au musée : combattre l'ennui

Thot Cursus, 1 avril 2014


MONTREAL, Canada – "Recherche : six adolescents en visite - Laure Martin-Le Mével a publié une recherche, en juin 2013, sur la médiation en musées pour le public adolescent, dont le but était d'identifier les médiateurs qui agissent durant la visite et de comprendre les médiations qui s'y mettent en place."


Germany returns 18th-century painting to Poland decades after Nazis looted it for Hitler's ‘Fuehrer Museum'

National Post, 31 March 2014


BERLIN, GERMANY – "An 18th-century painting looted by the Nazis for Adolf Hitler's ‘Fuehrer Museum' was handed back to Poland on Monday, a move Germany hopes will revive thorny talks over a vast trove of historical documents that Berlin wants to recover from Poland.

The painting – “Palace Stairs” by Venetian artist Francesco Guardi – was taken from the National Museum in Warsaw in 1939, shortly after Germany invaded Poland. The small painting depicts noblemen talking at the grand stairs of Venice's Doge Palace."


Collector hopes air museum plan will take off

The Northern Echo, 29 March 2014


DURHAM, UNITED KINGDOM – "A MUSEUM dedicated to aviation memorabilia spanning both world wars is to be opened in the North-East. Rare items, including uniforms, flying helmets with goggles, flags and models are to be displayed publicly in Dipton, near Stanley in County Durham. The museum is the idea of former steelworker and salesman Ian Wilson, who lives in the village, and currently sells collectables online to enthusiasts around the world."


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Law change eases way for Waitangi museum

Waatea News, 23 April 2014


WAITANGI, NEW ZEALAND – "Legislation now before a select committee should smooth the way for construction of a new museum and education centre at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Bill passed its first reading in parliament yesterday.

The Governor General will become the board’s patron instead of an ex-officio member, and the ministers of Maori Affairs and Culture and Heritage will also give up their seats.

Chairperson Pita Paraone says when the board was considering a major building project several years ago, the crown became concerned the Governor General could be exposed to risk or embarrassment if the project got into trouble. He says the bill will be to create a clear separation between the government and the board, while encouraging a continued positive working relationship."


$20 million plan to bring Rock Gardens into the 21st century

TheSpec, 22 April 2014


BURLINGTON, ONTARIO – "A new visitor centre will be the centrepiece of a $20-million retrofit of the RBG's famed Rock Gardens in plans to be unveiled Tuesday.

The 10,000-square-foot building is shaped like a backwards chevron with a section of curved roof designed to look like a leaf. The facility will be the new gateway for the gardens and is an effort to turn the gardens into a year-round tourist destination and corporate facility”


£1bn regeneration masterplan for Dundee's waterfront

BBC News, 19 April 2014


DUNDEE, SCOTLAND – "With an international museum, a new train station, a marina and an enormous park all in the pipeline, there is no end to the ambition in the masterplan city planners have drawn up for the Dundee waterfront. They are even looking at building an urban beach which doubles as an ice rink.

Those behind Dundee's £1bn waterfront regeneration programme forecast it will create 9,000 jobs, attract hundreds of thousands of tourists, and bring in millions of pounds of investment."


Government may fund an 'interpretive' centre at the Australian National Memorial in France

The Canberra Times, 16 April 2014


AUSTRALIA – "The budget might be tight but the government is considering funding a new centre in France to better explain Australia's role in the final victories of World War I.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that this period more than any other was when Australians most shaped world history. While Gallipoli was a magnificent defeat, the Western Front was a terrible victory, Mr Abbott told a C.E.W.Bean Foundation dinner at the Australian War Memorial on Tuesday.”


Paris zoo champions biozone layout

Attractions Management, 15 April 2014


PARIS, FRANCE – “The completely rebuilt Parc Zoologique de Paris (Zoological Park of Paris) opened to visitors on Saturday 12 April – having undergone a transformation in not only design but also ethos.

The Paris zoo originally closed six years ago. Operated by the Museum National D’Histoire Naturelle (France’s Natural History Museum), it is now claiming to be the most ecologically and biologically correct urban animal park in the world, as well as the most humane.”


The planned South Bronx Culture Trail will highlight the Bronx's art legacy

Daily News, 15 April 2014


NEW YORK, NEW YORK – " From one of New York City’s oldest record stores to a rail yard where early graffiti art was created, cultural touchstones in the Bronx could get some long overdue love.

Physical markers will soon designate sites crucial to the Bronx’s creative past and present as part of a new civic project documenting culturally significant sites uptown.”


A maritime museum for Kuching

Borneo Post Online, 15 April 2014


KUCHING, MALAYSIA – "The old Brooke Dockyard near Kuching Esplanade will soon be transformed into a maritime museum. Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said discussions between the Tourism Ministry, Museum Department and the owner had been done and the project would be part of the Kuching Waterfront extension programme.

“We are now performing a detailed study on the project and it will involve the construction of facilities and improvements to the site. We are estimating a cost of around RM5 million for the project,” said Abang Johari.”


Puy du Fou-style theme park for Auckland Castle, UK

Attractions Management, 8 April 2014


DURHAM, UNITED KINGDOM "French theme park Puy du Fou has announced it will partner with Auckland Castle in the UK to create its first international location.

The historical re-enactment park – which is located in the Vendée region of Western France – has signed a deal with the Eleven Arches Trust to create a visitor attraction in County Durham.

The project is the brainchild of entrepreneur Jonathan Ruffer, who bought Auckland Castle in 2012 and handed it to Auckland Castle Trust to transform into a world-class tourist destination as part of a £50m ($84m, €61m) investment."


Filippetti veut faire entrer l'art dans l'entreprise

Les Echos, 8 avril 2014


France – "Une convention est signée avec 9.000 comités d'entreprise. La ministre de la Culture ne s'en cache pas : l'éducation artistique est pour elle une priorité. C'est pourquoi Aurélie Filippetti a engagé hier trois dispositifs ambitieux pour diffuser la culture dans les entreprises."


New City of David Tourism Center Approved

Israel National News, 4 April 2014


CITY OF DAVID, ISRAEL – "A new tourism center was approved on Thursday night for the City of David National Park, located just 20 meters (65 feet) south of Jerusalem's Old City walls, a short walk from the Western Wall. After hearing objections, the Jerusalem Regional Planning and Building Committee gave the green light to plans for the new Kedem Center, which were submitted by the Elad association that administers City of David, and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, with the backing of the Jerusalem Municipality."


Organizations partner to protect bog

Akron.com, 3 April 2014


COVENTRY, ENGLAND – “Western Reserve Land Conservancy (WRLC) and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History have preserved a rare tamarack bog in Summit County.

Long Lake Bog, a 58-acre area located in Coventry, has been permanently preserved through a partnership between the nonprofit WRLC and the museum, according to officials with both organizations. The WRLC helped the museum purchase the land with the help of Clean Ohio and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency funding and will hold a conservation easement on the property, according to WRLC officials."


Spectacular £100m plans for Auckland Castle attraction inspired by French theme park

The Northern Echo, 3 April 2014


DURHAM, UNITED KINGDOM – " A £100m plan to create a historical leisure park in County Durham will be unveiled today.

The park, set in the shadow of Auckland Castle, aims to eventually attract 800,000 visitors a year, providing an enormous boost for the local economy.

The centre piece will be a visually stunning £20m night show, which will re-create about 2,000 years of North-East history in the style of the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics in London. It is hoped the first shows, with a cast of 600 and watched by a nightly audience of 6,000, will be held in spring 2016."


Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to launch three new attractions

Portsmouth News, 31 March 2014


PORTSMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM – "It starts with the gun that fired the first naval shot of the First World War. And following with the stories of the Second World War, the Falklands War, and Afghanistan, three new visitor attractions telling the story of the Royal Navy over 100 years will finally be unveiled in Portsmouth this week. It comes as The News can reveal the number of visitors to Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard has almost doubled in the last year.

Figures show 718,000 people passed through the gates compared to 385,000 the year before.

Now, three new multi-million pound exhibitions are expected to bring yet another boost to the tourism trade in the city."


Historic Marrakech bids to become an artistic hotspot

BBC News, 30 March 2014


MARRAKECH, MOROCCO – "Earlier this month the Marrakech Biennale drew a sizeable crowd to its opening in the magnificent remains of the 16th Century Badi Palace, Morocco's most popular tourist destination. With France's former Culture Minister Jack Lang in attendance, there was a sense the international contemporary art event had reached a significant turning point."


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