Why New Yorks Metropolitan museum is leader of the free world of art

visit-museumIf only Britain had a place like New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. This great compendium of art and culture on the edge of Central Park is about to rebuild its modern wing – in other words, to improve on what is already an unrivalled cocktail of past and present. Meanwhile it has just launched so much of its collection for free download that its website temporarily crashed under the pressure of public excitement.

No other great museum has the Metropolitan’s range. Its name is appropriate for it turns the whole world, across all time, into one buzzing city. You can stroll from an Egyptian temple to a Renaissance studiolo, from a roomful of Rembrandts to an encounter with Jackson Pollock.

American critics have so far been deeply cynical about the renovation, and about its “spotty” collection of modern art – which just goes to show that people don’t know when they are well off. From a British point of view, the idea of a museum where you can immerse yourself in Rembrandt then be blown away by Jackson Pollock’s majestic Autumn Rhythm sounds like some

We Cannot Take Pictures in Art Museums

6a00d83447fa7853ef0120a7a45408970bIt’s a scene that plays itself out hundreds of times a day in American museums: a mother and her fidgety teenage daughter stand before a famous painting—in this case, Caravaggio’s The Toothpuller, from the early 17th century. The mom pulls out a cell phone and poses her daughter in front of the work, a funny-grotesque image of a smirking dentist performing an extraction. As she frames the shot, a guard steps forward. “No photos,” he says. The woman apologizes. She and her daughter slip out of the room and continue on to the next gallery.

This particular episode took place at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), at a traveling exhibition devoted to Caravaggio’s influence on European painting. But it could have happened anywhere. We’re in an age when people take pictures just about everywhere, an act that photography critic Jörg M. Colberg describes as “compulsive looking.” The phenomenon has created a unique set of challenges for art museums, many of which have historically had strict limitations on photography—either for the purpose of protecting light-sensitive works or because of copyright issues.But the ubiquity

Seven Tips For Visting An Art Museum

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I am not an artist. In fact I am probably the farthest thing from an artist you can possibly be. I can’t draw, paint, sculpt or play a musical instrument. I’m also not a serious student of art history. I’ve never taken a course on the subject or studied it in a rigorous manner. I have however, had the pleasure of visiting many of the great museums of the world. Here are a few tips I’ve gathered from visiting museums around the world.

1) DON’T TOUCH ANYTHING!!!

The first rule of art museum is “do not touch anything”. The second rule of art museum is DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING. For the love of baby Jesus, don’t touch anything. Imagine yourself touching something…then don’t do that. Wanting to touch something is a natural human reaction. Keep your hands in your pockets or behind your back and keep a few steps away from any paintings. The oils on your hands can damage the canvas prints, even a light touch can damage old and fragile art works. Remember to take whatever

Weather Preparations for the Home

Buying your own home is something many people feel like is a significant milestone in their lives.  It truly means you have reached a point of financial stability in your life to the point that you are able to invest in a very expensive purchase. One aspect that many people forget about owning their own property however is keeping it safe from the elements.  Over time, weather can have severe, damaging effects on your home which can be very costly. Here are some tips to keeping your home a safe and secure place of residence.

The biggest weather related issue that your home may face is wind.   Almost nowhere on this planet is wind not present in some form.  Over time, wind can strip your roof and sidings, crack your windows, and in severe storms, bring it down altogether. Roofing Contractors agree that keeping these components of your home in a well-maintained condition is vital towards your protection.  Do monthly checks of your home’s exterior condition by simply walking around it. If something seems out of place or abnormal, than an issue is more than likely present and immediate action should be taken.

Aside from the damage that strong winds

For Norwegian Museum a Loss Produces a Gain

OSLO — When the Henie Onstad art museum near here received an unexpected call in June 2012 on behalf of the heirs of a French art dealer, the director, Tone Hansen, had no idea that it was the beginning of an odyssey that would end with the museum’s giving away one of its prize paintings and opening a major exhibition built around that work’s absence.

Visitors to the exhibition, “In Search of Matisse,” which runs until Dec. 13, will not be seeing “Blue Dress in a Yellow Armchair,” which the artist painted in 1937 and had been in the museum’s possession. In March 2014, the painting was returned to the heirs of the French art dealer, Paul Rosenberg. The art was stolen from Rosenberg’s bank vault in Libourne, France, by the Nazis after the German invasion of the country in 1940.

The discovery was made by Rosenberg’s granddaughter, the French journalist Anne Sinclair, when she went to an exhibition at the Pompidou Center in Paris in 2012. The Henie Onstad museum had lent the painting for this exhibition. Ms. Hansen said the discovery made curators at the museum

Ten Insider Museum Tips Paris

Visiting Paris museums and monuments are the things you most want to do here. However, they can be crowded, overwhelming, and expensive. Here are 10 insider tips to make it smooth,efficient, and sometimes cheaper.

1. Go at Night
Some of the larger museums are open at night.
• The Louvre- Wednesday & Friday till 10PM( but they start chasing you out by 9:30PM)
• D’Orsay- Thursday till 9:45
• Quai de Branly- Thursday till 9:30PM
• Palais de Tokio- 11:30PM every night except Monday

2. Go Early
The Louvre opens at 9AM, so be an early bird and catch the Mona Lisa first. Be careful thought because Toursit groups are likely to go to the museum in the morning.

3. Buy Advance Tickets or a Museum Pass
You can buy advanced tickets in person or on the internet for most museums, monuments, and exhibits at Fnac.

Museum Pass-If you plan on going to at least 2 museums a day, than a pass is a no-brainer and you cut through the lines.
Passes are good at over 60 museums & monuments in Paris & surrounding areas.
2 day Pass- 42 euros
4 Day Pass-56 euros
6 day Pass-69 euros
Available at most museums.  Also available

Temples of delight

MUSEUMS USED TO stand for something old, dusty, boring and barely relevant to real life. Those kinds of places still exist, but there are far fewer of them, and the more successful ones have changed out of all recognition. The range they cover has broadened spectacularly and now goes well beyond traditional subjects such as art and artefacts, science and history (for a sample of oddball specialities, see chart). One of the biggest draws is contemporary art.

To be sure, museums remain showcases for collections and repositories of scholarship, but they have also become pits of popular debate and places where children go for sleepovers (pictured, above, at the British Museum). They are no longer places where people look on in awe but where they learn and argue, as they would at universities or art schools. Sir Nicholas Serota, director of Britain’s Tate galleries, describes the museum as “a forum as much as a treasure box”.

The statistics suggest that these new-look museums are doing something right. Globally, numbers have burgeoned from around 23,000 two decades ago to at least 55,000 now. In 2012 American museums received 850m visitors, says the American Alliance of Museums. That is more than all the big-league