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What Was Lost in the Brazil National Museum Fire

Tue, 2018-09-04 15:49
Some items in the collection are irreplaceable to science, as well as the country’s national memory.
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Brazil Museum Fire Leaves Ashes, Recrimination and Little Else

Mon, 2018-09-03 16:30
When Brazilians look at the shell of their National Museum, some see a symbol of the hollowing out of their whole country and the near-abandonment of basic public services.
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What Artifacts Were in the National Museum of Brazil?

Mon, 2018-09-03 03:23
The items feared lost to a fire on Sunday include one of the world’s largest meteorites and the oldest human fossil from the region.
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Fire Engulfs a Brazilian Museum, Threatening Hundreds of Years of History

Sun, 2018-09-02 19:56
The National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro housed a collection of more than 20 million items, including Egyptian mummies, dinosaur fossils and the oldest human fossil in the region.
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30 Art Exhibitions to View in N.Y.C. This Weekend

Thu, 2018-08-30 14:00
Our guide to new art shows and some that will be closing soon.
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The Flea Circus of Times Square

Thu, 2018-08-30 02:00
Yes, it really was a thing. And yes, those fleas seemed to be trained. And very athletic.
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The National Portrait Gallery Lost Visitors, Though Not as Many as Feared

Wed, 2018-08-29 11:35
Reporting from a company that counts visitors suggested there was a drop of more than 40 percent at the London museum. It was more like 10 percent.
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Water’s Great Role in New York to Go on Display

Wed, 2018-08-29 09:18
A traveling Smithsonian exhibition, “Water/Ways,” will examine the political, economic and cultural roles water plays, at six museums in the state.
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Yale Receives $160 Million Gift for Peabody Museum

Tue, 2018-08-28 07:00
The donation, by Edward P. Bass, a Yale alumnus, will help the natural history museum add 50 percent more exhibition space and new classrooms.
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These Cultural Treasures Are Made of Plastic. Now They’re Falling Apart.

Mon, 2018-08-27 23:30
Museum conservators are racing to figure out how to preserve modern artworks and historical objects that are disintegrating.
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Initiative Brings Arab Art to New York Museums

Fri, 2018-08-24 11:00
The Met, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim will celebrate Arab culture through art exhibitions, films and interviews.
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28 Art Exhibitions to View in N.Y.C. This Weekend

Thu, 2018-08-23 14:00
Our guide to new art shows and some that will be closing soon.
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Italy to Frick Collection: Give Our Painting Back

Thu, 2018-08-23 12:32
The Italian government had issued an export license for the portrait last year, but now argues that it had not realized the subject was a Borghese prince.
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New Director Is Named for the Freer and Sackler Galleries

Tue, 2018-08-21 08:00
Chase F. Robinson, the president of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, will assume his post at the Smithsonian on Dec. 10.
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Lincoln’s Stovepipe Hat and Letters Could Be Sold to Ease Nonprofit’s Debt

Sun, 2018-08-19 06:29
The bloodstained gloves from the night of his assassination are also part of a collection that may be auctioned to erase a debt of more than $9 million.
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3 Knockout Art Shows to See in Los Angeles Right Now

Thu, 2018-08-16 15:34
At the Hammer, one of the strongest biennials; at the Fowler, the most beautiful sculpture show in recent memory; and at LACMA, Iranian superheroes.
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31 Art Exhibitions to View in N.Y.C. This Weekend

Thu, 2018-08-16 14:00
Our guide to new art shows and some that will be closing soon.
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British Museum Kept a Statue for 150 Years. Now, Easter Island Wants It Back.

Thu, 2018-08-16 08:29
The government of Chile said it would ask for the return of the statue, which was taken by British sailors in 1868, on behalf of the island’s indigenous people.
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How to Get the Most Out of Art (Even When You’re Not Sure You Get It)

Mon, 2018-08-13 23:00
No, you don’t have to have a degree to appreciate and love art.
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Cleveland Triennial Is an Artistic Scavenger Hunt With Civic Pride

Mon, 2018-08-13 10:54
At the inaugural Front Triennial, powerful experiences come at a former station on the Underground Railroad and in drawings of gay life in Akron.
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