British Museum is the name of one of the most visited museums in the world. This place is located in Great Russell Street in London, United Kingdom, and it was established 261 years ago in 1753. This museum is dedicated to human history and culture so if you ever decide to visit London, enter this museum and watch one of the largest collections of art in the world. This museum also presents exhibitions and tours for you to really enjoy the visit.
Sir Hans Sloane (1660 – 1753) was a British physician, naturalist and collector that died on January, 1953. Over his lifetime, he collected more than 71,000 invaluable objects that he wanted to preserve so he bequeathed this collection to King George II. The King accepted this gift and through an Act of Parliament, the British Museum was established in 1753. The museum finally opened in 1759. With the past of the years, this museum has been expanded several times.
“Ancient Lives, New Discoveries” is the name of one of the exhibitions that is open right now and it will be open until November, 30th. In the official website of the museum, you can check the prices and make reservations for the events. The British Museum is open from 10:00 to 17:30 and during Fridays; the closing time is extended to 20:30 and the entry is free.
Museums are usually exhibiting great art of some worldwide recognized artist getting thousands of visitors by year. Some artists decided to build a new museum concept around the world with the idea of showing a different point of view of arts, creating the 10 weirdest museums around the world:
- Currywurst Museum, Berlin
- Parasite Museum, Tokyo
- Museum of Funeral Carriages, Barcelona
- Dog Collar Museum, Leeds Castle, Kent
- Phallus Museum, Iceland
- Paris Sewers Museum, Paris
- The Museum of Bad Art, Boston
- Museum of Witchcraft, Cornwall
- Museum of the Holy Souls in Purgatory, Rome
- Torture Museum, Amsterdam
Strange Places for Art Galleries
Art Galleries are usually located in greatest location or important museums. Artist like the Photographer Andreas Frank or Sam Pulitzer and Mathieu Malouf try to take art to unexpected places to make the experience enjoin the art in 10 strange places for Art Galleries:
- Nashville’s Smallest Art Gallery (NSAG)
- William Gallery, New York
- Art on Track, Chicago
- The Boston Museums of Fine Art
- Redemption Gallery, Michigan
- Shoebox L.A.
- The Homeless Museum of Art, New York
- Bosnian Nuclear Bunker, Yugoslavia
- The Underbelly, Paris
- The Vandenberg: Life Below the Surface, Florida
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.
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.
When it is about art everything is possible. In the Chicago Art Institute there is an interesting exhibition in which food, painting, history and art are all related. In this gallery there are more than 100 paintings from centuries 18, 19 and 20th.
The idea is, among other things, showing how food has been represented by artist through the years, in addition to all the cultural and historical aspects related to the point of view of each painter at the moment of painting any kind of food.
Sometimes people get focused just in the political issues that come every day and forget about all the great things that exist out of those things. Art can be an example.
In the United States, in the Mexican Museum, there is a marvelous collection from the Mexican artist José Guadalupe Posada. All his paints (or at least the one from the permanent collection of the Museum) talks about the national items coming from Mexico and are all expressed in a very colorful way.
It would be great if all of us just forget about the “reality” for a while and try to see further and an amazing way to do it is through art. So let’s give art a chance and enjoy paintings like the ones from Mexico that have lots of things to say and express.