The Smithsonian Institution officially began construction Wednesday on a new museum dedicated to African-American culture and heritage -- a complex committed to the celebration and study of one of the central components of the American story.
Lonnie Bunch, Director of the Smithsonian African American History Museum talks to CNN's Suzanne Malveaux.
The earliest known copy of da Vinci's 'Mona Lisa,' possibly painted by a student, is on display at the Prado in Madrid.
The auctioneer rattled off prices and artists' names with breathtaking speed, punctuating every sale with the announcement "Saa ... saa ... saa -- TIM!" meaning sold in English.
Who says no one is buying art in this unstable world economy? CNN's Ivan Watson reports on the Turkish art explosion.
One hundred and two canvases all with similar composition but different colors hung edge-to-edge make up the totality of Andy Warhol's painting called "Shadows" currently on display at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington.
National Museum of American History Curator Peter Liebhold describes the day several years ago he spent going through shipping containers filled with debris from United Airlines Flight 93 as "overpowering," even though more than a year had passed since September 11, 2001, when the plane crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Feared lost forever, 20 ancient ivory artifacts looted from Afghanistan's national museum were presented to the country's president, Hamid Karzai, in London Tuesday.
Impressionist painting and football are words you don't often hear in the same sentence.
CNN's Ayesha Durgahee checks out Google's virtual tour of galleries round the world.
With Google's Street View, Web surfers can pinpoint and zoom into many parts of the world -- in some places, right down to street level.
The chief curator at Doha's new modern art museum, Mathaf, on Qatar's commitment to Arabic art.
With exhibits showing nudity and politically radical ideas, Qatar's brand new modern art museum may raise a few eyebrows in the traditionally conservative Middle East.
When people think of Venice, three things come to mind: gondolas, art and sinking buildings. The watery city, a treasure trove of Renaissance art and architecture, is not normally associated with cutting-edge cool.
A demure redhead in a modest black dress is making a brief appearance in New York, before finally returning home to Austria.
CNN's Icon previews a new collection of Arabian artifacts, the fruit of a 40-year archeology project.
A "groundbreaking" new exhibition of rare artifacts from Saudi Arabia's ancient past -- some which have never been shown abroad -- has opened in the Louvre, Paris.
Exclusive: Icon meets architect I.M Pei at the Louvre to talk about his famous pyramid.
So you're in the market for a new vehicle. Any chance you'd consider one with more than 100 million miles on the odometer, a neat white paint job and a sticker price of $28.8 million? Probably not.
The first double portrait of Britain's Princes William and Harry went on display Tuesday at the National Portrait Gallery.
The first double portrait of British Princes William and Harry is on display at the National Portrait Gallery.
Shortly after McDonald's celebrated its 30-year presence in France, the fast-food chain is conquering one of the country's most valued cultural institutions --the Louvre.
Where do you begin in a city of this size? How about at the lively South Bank of the Thames, near Waterloo Station? Start with a spin on the London Eye, a colossal Ferris that will take you up 130 meters for an unmatched view of the city.
When approached by Madame Tussauds, the rapper told the museum, "Fa shizzle!"
Make the most of "the world's most livable city" with these insider tips.
You'd love to go. Just think of the history, the beautiful artwork ... the things you could learn. But upon hearing the word "museum," your kids break into a chorus of "I'd rather die."
British naturalist Charles Darwin shocked Victorian society when he suggested that humans evolved from animals over millions of years, and his theories still spark controversy.
On the edge of Paris, on a site that once housed a decrepit municipal bowling alley, an opulent new museum is taking shape. Designed by Frank Gehry at a cost of more than $200 million, it is expected to be finished in two years, and will feature a giant auditorium and a permanent collection of modern and contemporary art, including works by Mark Rothko, Francis Bacon, Takashi Murakami, and Damien Hirst.
First time in Seattle? Here are some hints to help you get the most from the city.
Sharon Waxman explores the contentious intersection where museums, antiquities dealers, and national pride meet in Loot: The Battle Over the Stolen Treasures of the Ancient World
The antiquities trade has been making headlines, and they are weird ones: "Eulogy for the Euphronius Krater." (What in the world is a "krater"?) "Museum to Show Off Fake Egyptian Sculptures." (That's ridiculous, isn't it?) "Antiquities Dealer Gets Prison Time." (A nice old man with a pince-nez comes to mind, dragged off to the clink for some tragicomical offense, no doubt.)
Adults and kids are hunched over mounds of multicolored clay, fashioning little clay people and assorted creatures that will star in kid-produced animated shorts.
Last month, Brazil opened their first-ever football museum in the newly-renovated Pacaembu Stadium in Sao Paulo, where Corinthians play their home matches.
Given Montreal's proximity to substantially-sized American cities -- it's just over five hours driving from Boston, Massachusetts and Hartford, Connecticut -- you might not think Quebec's largest city would be so different than these New England metropolises.
CNN's Diana Magnay reports on the beheading of a wax Adolf Hitler in Berlin, Germany's, Madame Tussauds.
Edvard Munch's masterpiece, "The Scream," went back on display Friday in Oslo, Norway -- four years after thieves pulled the painting from its frame in a daring armed robbery.
Banksy is Britain's most wanted artist -- his art sells for hundreds of thousands of dollars, but he continues to use public spaces as his main canvas, while all the time keeping his identity a secret.
It is an irony of contemporary art-museum management: Sometimes the museum that creates an exhibition doesn't get to premiere it.
Take a tour of the latest collaboration of art between the Louvre in Paris and Atlanta's High Museum of Art.
Two-hundred thousand visitors later, it's a year since Louvre Atlanta opened at the High Museum of Art.
Last week, we offered a quick tour of New York's downtown neighborhoods. Following is a peek at the rest of the city. Next week we'll supply a few different itineraries to help get your planning started.
A fabled fossil goes on view for the first time in decades -- and ignites a controversy
Richard Serra stands in the Museum of Modern Art's Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, his hair as white as the marble floor. The summer sun of New York radiates from the towering metal of his monumental works. He breaks no sweat.
Make faces at the oh-so-cuddly panda cub or inspect a moon rock. Cheer on a big-league baseball team or practice spycraft.
Great wealth generally finds art at some point," observes Marianne Boesky, fresh off the slopes in Aspen. She would know: As a well-known Manhattan dealer and the daughter of infamous financier Iva...
Globalization and technology are forcing artists, curators and museum directors to rethink the world of American art.
It is a sign of poor relations between donor and charity when the donor's heir takes a hacksaw to the charity's filing cabinets.
She's 2,500 years old, stunningly beautiful and at the center of the latest smuggling scandal to have sullied the world of antiquities.
The delegation assembled at the High Museum of Art awaits you in regal rows, beautifully ordered, devastatingly confident, graciously imperious. They watch through glass, unsmiling, as you approach. Serene. Accomplished. French.
From Glenn Lowry's vantage point at the Museum of Modern Art, the momentum American museums enjoy today requires only more ... momentum.
The Louvre is inviting slam poets into its gilded galleries to rap about paintings. If that seems unusual, it is. With Toni Morrison as guest curator this month, the museum is dreaming up new ways to look at art.
At about midnight last July 5, the New York Police Department closed Manhattan's East 86th Street. Billionaire Ronald S. Lauder walked back and forth in the street, waiting. Employees of his boutiq...
Remember when you were a kid on vacation and your mom dragged you from the beach to take you to some dry-as-dust museum for a "wonderful educational experience?"
Baltimore has always been a multifaceted city. The "Star-Spangled Banner" was written here, and it was once known as the nation's spice capital -- the famed spice merchant McCormick opened its factory here in 1889. Today, Baltimore is a bright spot on the cultural map, with abundant historical attractions, a vibrant museum scene, great neighborhoods and sensational seafood-inspired restaurants.
The third largest member of the United Arab Emirates is in the process of carving out a distinctly different future than its neighbors by shifting its focus away from commerce and tourism and instead promoting culture and art.
You hear it all around you as you walk through the blond-wood-floored gallery on the Museum of Modern Art's sixth floor: "When did he 'turn?' When did the painting get strange?"
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