Happy start to the second semester, all! This week’s featured story is an amazing new online resource for curators (and educators, and lay-folk) interested in both art and history. The V&A Museum will publish its Nazi index of Degenerate Art as a free online resource.
The V&A has the only copy of this list of some 20,000 works of art confiscated from German museums by the Nazi party between 1937 and 1938. It’s not only fascinating for those studying 20th century art or propaganda, it’s an important tool for resolving ongoing questions of provenance.
In other controversial news, the debate over MoMA’s plan to tear down the American Folk Art Museum building which has been described as both hideous and iconic continues. Hyperallergic offers a great summary of the ongoing conversation, for those looking to catch up!
Also this week:
- Museum bones ‘are Alfred the Great’
- ‘Traveling Chemistry Chef’ camp mixes many ingredients
- Looted Iraqi museum hopes to reopen, minus many relics
- Tenement Museum Planning Major Expansion
- Viking ‘war machine’ being rebuilt at the British Museum
- Brain thefts boost attendance at tiny museum
- In ‘Out at CHM,’ gay history is museum-ready
- Crystal Bridges Museum Buys a Frank Lloyd Wright House