Architecture

The British Museum’s new director

Art historian Hartwig Fischer to take charge at the London musuem – second-most visited in the world after the Louvre in Paris and most popular visitor attraction in Britain…. The Guardian

The James Simon Gallery, Berlin

A wealthy  patron who funded the excavation of the priceless Nefertiti bust was airbrushed from history. Now, a hundred years after the find, his story is finally being told. She is regarded as the ancient world’s equivalent to the Mona…

Smartphones and Spatial Thinking

Navigation apps are transforming the way we experience urban environments—for better and for worse. Like most New Yorkers, I spend an inordinate amount of time in transit. I have an unlimited Metrocard and a Citi Bike key, two bicycles and…

Overcrowded museums

Is It Time To Break Up Overcrowded Museums? September 4, 2014 by Judith H. Dobrzynski Hrag Vartanian, whom you may know as the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hyperallergic, had a very interesting opinion piece published on Al Jazeera America the…

Artists and ruins

Ruins are as much about the future as they are about the past. Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire and the Colosseum in Rome are not simply buildings: they are memento mori. As the encyclopédiste Denis Diderot noted in 1767: “The ideas ruins evoke…

Public memorials

By Simon Schama Ten years on, the victims of 9/11 have been memorialised at the site of the former World Trade Center. The winning design was chosen from more than 5,000 submissions – so what makes a successful memorial?…. The…

Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam to reopen

The grand refurbishment of the Dutch national museum of art and history, the Rijksmuseum – home to thousands of masterpieces including that greatest of Rembrandts, The Night Watch – started life as a millennium project. In the event, the museum closed its doors in…

Venice in Peril

Anna Somers Cocks, chairman, and six leading trustees of the Venice in Peril Fund resign Charity to return to its restoration roots but rising waters still a threat to city. Anna Somers Cocks, the chairman of the Venice in Peril Fund…