The following failed restoration jobs range from humorous to disgraceful. Some were so easy to fix, it’s like they never happened. Others have left masterpieces so irrevocably damaged that huge fines had to be issued. The rest seem to fall into a gray area, with members of the general public and professional communities still debating whether or not these so-called failures carry much weight in the grand scheme.
Colombia’s president, Gustavo Petro, has made the recovery of the San Jose, a shipwreck from 1708 laden with billions of dollars worth of treasure, a priority for his administration.
The entire selection committee of the prestigious exhibition, documenta, which happens every five years, has resigned over disputes related to the Israel-Hamas conflict putting the 2027 edition of the show in jeopardy.
This story particularly focuses on prehistoric sculptures from across the globe—which are often rather small and tend to depict humans, animals, or some combination of the two. The earliest sculptures we currently know of date back to around 30,000 B.C.
Tracey Emin Makes History as the First Woman Artist Appointed a Trustee of the British Museum
Paris’s Louvre Museum is looking for donations in its bid to acquire a still life of strawberries by French painter Jean Siméon Chardin, which was bought by the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas at an Artcurial auction in March 2022 for a record-breaking €24.4 million ($26.8 million).
The much-awaited Grand Egyptian Museum has taken twenty years to build and an estimated $1 billion, and is finally coming to fruition, with an estimated opening date slated for spring 2024.
Not the most impressive at first glance, Joseph Nicéphore Niépce's photograph from the window at Le Gras, with its blurred shadow-shapes of trees and buildings, was integral to the development of modern photography.
See highlights from the Bonhams sale of the estate of journalist Barbara Walters.
For this year's Made in L.A., the Hammer Museum's sixth biennial, curators Diana Nawi and Pablo José Ramírez hope to spark a reparative conversation between community histories and collective isolation.