John James Audubon’s American Flamingo (1838).
A review of some of the top arts and culture stories from the past year.
Rembrandt’s famous painting – commonly known as The Night Watch – doesn’t even take place at night.
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The history of the picture title is really a history of the last 300 years.
Museums should follow the example of the Met and sell off stock.
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Many think that the ideal museum should be removed from the vicissitudes of the market. This is an illusion.
Popular in the 18th century were events at which mummies were dissected by doctors and passed around the audience to be touched, smelt and tasted. Mummymania installation view.
Egyptian mummies have fascinated Europeans since the 5th century, but a new exhibition considers the more recent role they have played in medicine, art and popular culture – and the ethics of their display in museums.
A selection of spacesuits and the TM Soyuz descent module are among the objects at the Cosmonauts exhibition.
The Science Museum
An exciting new exhibition at the Science Museum in London celebrates Soviet space success.
People need to be taught how to behave around art.
The Lower Ninth Ward Living History Museum opened in August 2013.
Fearing their neighborhood's rich history would be forever lost in the wake of Katrina, residents teamed up with a group of volunteers to create a museum of living history.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.