Islamic Art is going to be presented in May, 2014, in the Dallas Museum of Art. This is part of a great loan that this American Museum is receiving and that is renewable no less than in 15 years. What is even more amazing is that this is going to be, according to the Museum’s authorities, the largest Islamic Art Collection ever had in the entire United States.
Maxwell Anderson (who is Dallas Museum Director) said that it is an unparallel collection that gives them the opportunity to create new things like a gallery space to show the work made in a Keir Collection and also the museum will add a digital archive of the collection.
What is a Keir Collection?
Edmund de Unger was the one who assembled the pieces that included textile things, carpets, rock crystal, ceramics, works on paper and metal works.
Dallas Museum of Art will have the chance to show and explained through the artistic things it will have the story of a culture that has begun many centuries ago and that probably it is still unknown for many people. So, probably in May people in the United States will see a different part of the Islamic art and history.
UNESCO has decided to help with the recovery process of the Egypt Museum in Cairo. The decision was taken after the bombing attack that the museum suffered by the end of this week. Unfortunately, lots of the museum’s artifacts and historic things were damaged, so it will take a long time to recover it.
United Nations will also help with the museum and will give 100,000$, so more things can be recuperate and in order to approach this goal a group of volunteers from the UNESCO already are in the Capital city.
Workers from the museum were taking off all the glasses, steel bars and wood artifacts that were all over the place. All things related to the different periods of time of the Islamic History were in this Cairo Museum of Islamic Art. This museum was built back in 1881 and had historic things like coins, jewelry, manuscripts and more.
About the Museum
Gallery of Arab Antiquities, a collection of more than 100 of objects of very remote years like 1021 A.D. and lots of more things related to history could be found on this museum, but it will be just about time to see how much of the destroyed things can still be recover and shown again.
Phillipe Vergne is the name of the new director of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Vergnes was unanimously elected and the announcement was officially made those recent days of January. Besides, Vergnes is replacing Jeffrey Deitch who resigned on September 2013.
Dia Art Foundation in New York was the place in which Phillipe Vergne was working before being named the new MOCA’s Director. Through a statement, Vergne said how honor he was feeling for being elected to occupy this difficult, but amazing place.
2008 was a difficult year for the museum because it had to be closed. However, a millionaire donation was made by Eli Broad, so the museum could open again, but things in the contemporary museum are not that easy and that is why the previous director resigned two years before his contract ends.
Strength, knowledge and more is what Phillipie Vergne is expected to give in the Museum of Contemporary Art. “I am honored to be joining MOCA. I have admired its collection and programs throughout my career and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead this great institution into its next phase and to return to Los Angeles with my family to my wife’s native city.”, Phillipe Vergne said in a statement.
Museumof Modern Art (MoMA) is planning to expand its territory and as part of this planning is the demolition of the Folk Art Museum Building that has been part of the museum since many years ago. However, it has become important for the MoMa to expand in order to offer more things.
Architects are in charge of this new restructuration and it was through a press release where the announcement was made. In this press statement it was said that those plans are “the result of a diligent and thoughtful six-month study and design process that explored all options for the site”.
Demolitions are not the only thing that MoMA’s owner are going to do, it is also expected that a tower near to the museum would be taken in order to continue with the expansion fo the museum.
Free Spaces is what it is expected to have in those new places that are going to be taken and demolished. So, if you were thinking it was not that good probably this would make you change your mine. It has become really difficult finding free museums or art collections in the US, but that is what it is trying to be changed in MoMa.
British Museum is always trying to give people the chance to meet with new cultures through different spaces and ways. This time, the museum gives people in England the opportunity to keep in contact with ancient Colombia through an exhibition about El Dorado tale.
Museo del oro (golden museum) in Bogotá, Colombia, has almost all the craftsmanship that were made by the indigenous a huge amount of years ago. This Colombian museum gives the British Museum some pieces in order to create this exhibition that has been standing there since October 17th, 2013, until March 23rd, 2014.
This exhibition has as main idea exploring the different ways gold was worked and used by our ancestors all over the world, and in this specifically case hoe they did so in South America. The curator of this exhibition was Hazel Forsyth. Also the exhibition is free for those who already are members in the museum.
Figures in the Exhibition
Those are just some of the figures made all in gold that can be found in this historical exhibition that is part of the story of the entire world.
Museums all over the world and all kinds of museums no matter the topic it works have the opportunity of giving people some different ways to learn, it means that museums actually have a social compromise and they all should be conscious of it.
Poverty is one of the most relevant issues in which museums can help. According to the Museum Association (MA), museums in general can play such an important role in the eternal sight against this sad situation. One of the ways, according to the MA, is creating a responsibility through engagement with the disadvantaged people.
Museums Association expressed in a statement that: “Museums can serve as agents of inclusion, giving people a sense of belonging to communities and to wider society and therefore less marginalized – all factors that can help people to take steps out of poverty.”
Museum of Modern Art (in the United States), Louvre Museum (in Paris), Prado’s Museum (Madrid), the British Museum (England), the Cairo’s Museum (El Cairo) and a big etcetera of museums should know about this idea of helping others with all the knowledge it might be in there. It seems to be really important that all those museums all over the world could help in the way the Museums Association is saying to.
Museums and galleries – thanks Lord- are a lot around the world. However, it seems that sometimes it becomes absolutely necessary to recognize the best ones and a way to do it is through awards, just like the Oscars or Emmys, etc.
Art Fund Prize is the name of the award that recognizes the labor and goodness of the Museums. This 2013 year the one to get the prize was the William Morris Gallery. This gallery was considered the best of the world due to its renovation made for the reopened of it in 2012.
This gallery shows in a very different way all the revolutionary things that Morris did during his life as a Victorian designer revolutionary and social activist. According to the site www.artfund.org, the judges who decide which gallery is going to receive the award said that this William Morris gallery has a high standard of curatorship.
In addition, as Morris believed so hard that art should be for everyone, inside the museum there is a reorganized and well done orangery extension that serves as a beautiful and peaceful café. The house in which the gallery is presented is a huge house, so it means that there are lots of art coming from Morris tan can be seen.