Fiona Hanson/PA Archive
Our morbid interest in the macabre never vanished – it was just displaced.
Khayamiya or Egyptian Tentmaker Applique provides a memorable introduction to Islamic art.
Photo by Timothy Crutchett Charles Sturt University
Islamic art in Australia is inaccessible and largely overlooked. It is rarely taught as a dedicated subject in Australian universities, and almost never seen beyond state capitals. Why?
Here's how some of the world's oldest cultural institutions are using drones and 3D printing to bring their collections to life.
Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum’s interactive pen.
Cooper Hewitt's Pen is designed to be more interactive for visitors by allowing users to draw and play on the spot – keeping people engaged in the physical museum environment.
Projects funded by the Australia Council sustain a much larger network of arts organisations, including university arts museums.
Ted Snell/Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
The transformation of arts funding in Australia won't just affect grant recipients, it will disrupt the ecology of the arts – as the potential impact on university art museums demonstrates.
What do collections of dead butterflies do for their still-living counterparts?
Andrew D Warren
The dead animal specimens that comprise natural history collections contribute a lot toward scientific understanding of their still-living counterparts – and those that have gone extinct.
Your PM, painting by numbers.
The Prime Minister's Office/Flickr
Arts and culture may not be big ticket policies, but the stakes are high in this election.
A detail from the north wall of Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry.
Diego Rivera, 1932. Detroit Institute of Arts
A new exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts highlights a controversial mural commissioned during a period fraught with social unrest.
Drawings by male warriors – like Black Hawk’s ‘Dream or Vision or Himself Changed to a Destroyer or Riding a Bufalo Eagle (1880-1881)’ – often depicted visions perceived during meditation and fasting.
New York State Historical Association, Fenimore Art Museum/John Bigelow Taylor
A new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrates 2,000 years of artistic achievement.
Rick Findler/PA Wire
The selfie has become an inescapable element of most cultural activities – be it art galleries or music festivals.
Detail of head of Apoxyomenos. Bronze, Hellenistic or Roman replica after a bronze original.
© Tourism Board of Mali Losinj
The British Museum's exhibition is staunchly traditional. It didn't need bells and whistles, but some modern responses wouldn't have gone amiss.
A daunting task awaits.
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With past controversies ranging from restoration to public toilets and present ones from oil sponsorship to selfie sticks, Gabriele Finaldi has a daunting task on his hands.
Alexander McQueen, It’s Only a Game, S/S 2005.
In the designer's embrace of this gothic past, he is an artist for our time.
A 1893 self-portrait of the French artist Paul Gauguin (1848-1903).
Artist Paul Gauguin is perhaps most famous for his colorful paintings of Tahitian life. But for years, art historians puzzled over his lesser-known prints: how did he form, layer and transfer images from one medium to another?
Ancient artefacts in the Archaeological Museum in Mosul in northern Iraq have been destroyed by ISIS.
Screen shot via YouTube.
Ancient artefacts in the Archaeological Museum in Mosul in northern Iraq have been destroyed by ISIS in recent days, behaviour that forms part of a pattern. The question is why.
Graham Beal led the Detroit Institute of Arts through the city’s financial crisis.
Graham Beal, the Director of the Detroit Institute of Arts, recently announced that he will be retiring after fifteen years at the helm. Two of his achievements particularly stand out. The first is his…
Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum’s plan to remove “Dippy”, the cast of a diplodocus skeleton, from its entrance hall, and replace it with a genuine skeleton of a blue whale has been met with outrage. The #savedippy…
Behold the biggest animal to have ever lived.
Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum in London is replacing its skeleton of the long-necked dinosaur Diplodocus – an iconic denizen of the main entrance hall for nearly four decades – with a blue whale skeleton…
The Forum of Pompeii recreated in Lego.
Craig Barker/Nicholson Museum
Lego Pompeii was painstakingly recreated from more than 190,000 individual blocks across 470 hours for Sydney University’s Nicholson Museum – it’s the largest model of the ancient city ever constructed…
Neil McGregor’s history of Germany through artefacts such as this 1989 Berlin demonstration banner/placard is extraordinary. © Deutsches Historisches Museum
Unfortunately, I will not see Germany: Memories of a Nation at the British Museum because it closes this weekend – and I live in Perth, Australia. As a result, I am unable to speak about my personal response…