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Smithsonian breaks ground on black history museum updated: Thu Feb 23 2012 06:24:00

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.

African American museum breaks groundupdated: Thu Feb 23 2012 06:24:00

Lonnie Bunch, Director of the Smithsonian African American History Museum talks to CNN's Suzanne Malveaux.

Earliest 'Mona Lisa' copy hangs at Pradoupdated: Wed Feb 22 2012 06:09:00

The earliest known copy of da Vinci's 'Mona Lisa,' possibly painted by a student, is on display at the Prado in Madrid.

The boom of the Turkish art marketupdated: Wed Feb 08 2012 14:30:00

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.

Turkish art market thrivingupdated: Wed Feb 08 2012 14:30:00

Who says no one is buying art in this unstable world economy? CNN's Ivan Watson reports on the Turkish art explosion.

Warhol exhibition is one very, very long paintingupdated: Mon Oct 17 2011 11:15:00

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.

Museum preserves history of 9/11 with details, objects from Flight 93updated: Mon Sep 05 2011 07:16:00

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.

Ancient Afghan artifacts salvaged from black marketupdated: Wed Mar 02 2011 09:51:00

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 paintings wagered on Super Bowlupdated: Fri Feb 04 2011 05:38:00

Impressionist painting and football are words you don't often hear in the same sentence.

Google's Art Project exploredupdated: Wed Feb 02 2011 13:54:00

CNN's Ayesha Durgahee checks out Google's virtual tour of galleries round the world.

Google offers virtual tours of the world's top art museumsupdated: Wed Feb 02 2011 13:54:00

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.

Qatar's investment in arts and cultureupdated: Mon Dec 13 2010 03:20:00

The chief curator at Doha's new modern art museum, Mathaf, on Qatar's commitment to Arabic art.

Nudity courts controversy in Qatar's new museumupdated: Mon Dec 13 2010 03:20:00

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.

Beyond the gondolas: A guide to contemporary Veniceupdated: Wed Nov 03 2010 12:44:00

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.

Painting stolen by Nazi now on display in New Yorkupdated: Mon Aug 02 2010 13:01:00

A demure redhead in a modest black dress is making a brief appearance in New York, before finally returning home to Austria.

Saudi Arabian treasures in Parisupdated: Thu Jul 29 2010 07:31:00

CNN's Icon previews a new collection of Arabian artifacts, the fruit of a 40-year archeology project.

Pre-Islam Saudi treasures on show for first timeupdated: Thu Jul 29 2010 07:31:00

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.

I.M. Pei returns to the Louvreupdated: Wed Jul 28 2010 08:44:00

Exclusive: Icon meets architect I.M Pei at the Louvre to talk about his famous pyramid.

Shuttles for sale: Less than 130 million miles, new paintupdated: Tue May 25 2010 21:40:00

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.

Princes William and Harry pose in new portraitupdated: Wed Jan 06 2010 15:25:00

The first double portrait of Britain's Princes William and Harry went on display Tuesday at the National Portrait Gallery.

William and Harry's portraitupdated: Wed Jan 06 2010 15:25:00

The first double portrait of British Princes William and Harry is on display at the National Portrait Gallery.

'Bad taste' cries as McDonald's moves into 'Mona Lisa' museumupdated: Thu Oct 08 2009 08:30:00

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.

London: What to seeupdated: Mon Jun 22 2009 04:28:00

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.

People.com: Snoop Dogg Being Immortalized in Waxupdated: Sat Apr 18 2009 06:09:00

When approached by Madame Tussauds, the rapper told the museum, "Fa shizzle!"

Copenhagen: Insider tipsupdated: Mon Apr 06 2009 04:50:00

Make the most of "the world's most livable city" with these insider tips.

Five museums you AND your kids will enjoyupdated: Tue Mar 17 2009 09:22:00

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."

Evolve your plans to mark Darwin's 200thupdated: Thu Feb 12 2009 16:44:00

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.

Fortune: My museum, myselfupdated: Thu Feb 05 2009 11:24:00

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.

Seattle: Insider tipsupdated: Thu Jan 08 2009 06:29:00

First time in Seattle? Here are some hints to help you get the most from the city.

Time.com: Who Owns Ancient Treasures?updated: Thu Nov 06 2008 18:00:00

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

Fortune: Really old moneyupdated: Thu Oct 23 2008 12:10:00

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.)

Kid-friendly exploration in San Franciscoupdated: Mon Oct 13 2008 17:04:00

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.

Football makes an exhibition of itselfupdated: Thu Oct 09 2008 10:55:00

Last month, Brazil opened their first-ever football museum in the newly-renovated Pacaembu Stadium in Sao Paulo, where Corinthians play their home matches.

Montreal: See Canada's Paris in 48 hoursupdated: Mon Aug 25 2008 11:27:00

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.

Man decapitates wax Hitlerupdated: Mon Jul 07 2008 09:54:00

CNN's Diana Magnay reports on the beheading of a wax Adolf Hitler in Berlin, Germany's, Madame Tussauds.

Stolen 'Scream' back on display updated: Fri May 23 2008 06:14:00

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.

Newsmaker: Banksyupdated: Fri Nov 02 2007 08:34:00

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.

A High view of Impressionism's rootsupdated: Thu Oct 18 2007 09:32:00

It is an irony of contemporary art-museum management: Sometimes the museum that creates an exhibition doesn't get to premiere it.

Paris in Atlantaupdated: Wed Oct 17 2007 09:48:00

Take a tour of the latest collaboration of art between the Louvre in Paris and Atlanta's High Museum of Art.

Louvre Atlanta: An 'Eye' for the 'Ancient'updated: Wed Oct 17 2007 09:48:00

Two-hundred thousand visitors later, it's a year since Louvre Atlanta opened at the High Museum of Art.

New York: Outside of downtownupdated: Mon Oct 15 2007 08:04:00

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.

Time.com: The Hassles of Having Lucy in Houstonupdated: Fri Aug 24 2007 18:00:00

A fabled fossil goes on view for the first time in decades -- and ignites a controversy

Serra: MoMA's man of steel updated: Tue Jul 03 2007 01:44:00

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.

Taking the kids to Washington, D.C.updated: Tue Apr 17 2007 10:51:00

Make faces at the oh-so-cuddly panda cub or inspect a moon rock. Cheer on a big-league baseball team or practice spycraft.

Fortune: The Art of the Dealupdated: Mon Apr 02 2007 00:01:00

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, technology changing the art worldupdated: Thu Mar 29 2007 20:27:00

Globalization and technology are forcing artists, curators and museum directors to rethink the world of American art.

Fortune: Giver's remorseupdated: Mon Mar 12 2007 06:20:00

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.

Antiquities smuggling: 'A crime against humanity'updated: Mon Dec 11 2006 12:36:00

She's 2,500 years old, stunningly beautiful and at the center of the latest smuggling scandal to have sullied the world of antiquities.

Louvre Atlanta: Haute at the Highupdated: Fri Nov 24 2006 15:44:00

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.

American museums go 'full tilt' updated: Sun Nov 19 2006 20:05:00

From Glenn Lowry's vantage point at the Museum of Modern Art, the momentum American museums enjoy today requires only more ... momentum.

Toni Morrison 'raps up' the Louvreupdated: Wed Nov 08 2006 21:42:00

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.

Fortune: 'This is our Mona Lisa'updated: Thu Sep 28 2006 08:13:00

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...

CNNMoney: Museums for people who don't like museumsupdated: Fri Sep 22 2006 10:21:00

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?"

Ashore in Baltimore updated: Thu Apr 27 2006 09:28:00

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.

Art blossoms in small Gulf emirateupdated: Fri Mar 24 2006 07:44:00

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.

Munch-mysterious: Haunting at MoMAupdated: Mon Feb 20 2006 10:43:00

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?"

London Forumupdated: Thu Feb 09 2006 06:46:00

The Scene returned to London to spend the day with superstar photographer David Bailey. What's your favorite David Bailey photograph? Do you prefer the Streets' London or Dylan Jones's London? And where do you hang out in the English capital? Send us your suggestions and ideas and read your comments below.

Get involved: Europeupdated: Mon Nov 14 2005 06:06:00

Send us your tips, words, photos and videos to thescene@cnn.com, or text "SCENE" plus your comments to +44 7786 20 40 60. Remember to include your name and the city/country where you live.

FSB: Deep in the Art of Texasupdated: Tue Feb 01 2005 00:01:00

For years Dallas has been known more for barbecue and the Cowboys than for fine arts. But as the city's image shifts upscale, Raymond Nasher deserves some of the credit. A successful real estate de...

CNNMoney: The high price of high cultureupdated: Mon Dec 20 2004 10:46:00

When the treasures of King Tut toured the United States in the 1970s, Steve Martin wrote an homage to the "Boy King" that included the lines:

Money Magazine: Museums For Lessupdated: Thu May 01 2003 00:01:00

PARIS WITHOUT THE WAIT Just how long is that line to see the Mona Lisa in the summertime? Buy a Paris Museum Pass and you'll never have to find out: It gets you in without having to stand in the to...

FSB: The Shows Go On From Warhol to the Mick, a survey of the biggest and best museum exhibitions of the summer.updated: Sat Jun 01 2002 00:01:00

Last year the second most popular museum exhibit in the world wasn't an Old Master but a young subject: "Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years," featuring dresses from the former First Lady's w...

Fortune: London's Cool New Landmarkupdated: Mon May 15 2000 00:01:00

As a provider of electricity, London's Bankside Power Station was a flop. First fired up in 1963, it shut down 18 years later because its power source, oil, was too expensive. Designed by Giles Gil...

Money Magazine: Jurassic Lark Everyone knows kids love dinosaurs. These museums make you remember why.updated: Tue Feb 01 2000 00:01:00

When I was in the third grade, my class took a field trip to the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan. We'd been learning about dinosaurs, but nothing our teacher had told us--not even w...

Money Magazine: Small Wonders Museums don't have to be big and stuffy. These eccentric collections prove it.updated: Wed Sep 01 1999 00:01:00

I've spent a sizable portion of my adult life thinking I don't like museums. That's because I spent a sizable portion of my childhood getting dragged by my parents to all sorts of fancy-schmancy ar...

Money Magazine: FINE DINING A LA ART THE COUNTRY'S BEST CHEFS ARE PREPARING THE MOST INTERESTING MENUS--AT OUR LOCAL ART MUSEUMS.updated: Wed Oct 01 1997 00:01:00

Where do you reserve a table the next time you want an exceptional meal prepared by one of the most talented chefs in your area? For many discerning diners, today's choice ticket is often the local...

Fortune: AMERICA'S MOST GENEROUS WHICH OF THE NATION'S TYCOONS ARE PUTTING THEIR FORTUNES TO GOOD USE? THE PEOPLE IN THESE updated: Mon Jan 13 1997 00:01:00

As philanthropist Ross Perot might say, here's the problem: Making money is fun, sexy--a great outlet for aggression. But giving it away? What's the challenge there? Any idiot with an Ivy League de...

Fortune: MONA LISA FOR MOUSE POTATOESupdated: Mon Jun 13 1994 00:01:00

Armed with his billion-dollar checkbook and a keen vision of the oncoming digital age, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates began courting the world's major museums in 1989. But when he asked for the digi...

Money Magazine: HOLIDAY DEALS With some 3,000 stores and a dozen catalogues, museum shops now offer the bestupdated: Fri Nov 01 1991 00:01:00

Looking for gift ideas? How about a bronze sculpture by Frederic Remington? Or a gold bangle that once circled Cleopatra's arm? Or a Chippendale chair that graced Thomas Jefferson's Monticello? Hig...

Money Magazine: MIND-BLOWING CRUISES TO THE EARTH'S ENDS You can board a floating classroom this winter and head for Krakatoa or the South Pole.updated: Sat Nov 01 1986 00:01:00

Now voyager, here's your choice: You can set sail on a cruise liner with a thousand people you don't have much in common with and tax your mind sunbathing and shuffleboarding. Or you can sail to sp...

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