I don't see everyday news like that. The victories are often those of the few who already have the power against the majority who has to fold. I hope that other museum will be inspired by this!
Has the Louvre followed?
Not that I know of! They have done a smart move though (or at least something less stupid than what they were doing before). In a very centralized country like France, in the past, only Paris would matter. The Louvre - despite it is huge - can only showcase about 10% of the pieces it owns, so 90% was stored before. Now, they have decided to open other non-Parisian locations - Lens, a medium-size town in the north of France, and Dubai (work in progress).
Yes, some other major museums are doing the same. The Tate in London, by contrast, has decided instead to reach out through the Web, although they are having some growing pains figuring out how.
This is a mad cool journal, yo.
It is about time that museums advance to the modern age. The idea of a museum is to educate the masses about a variety of things--nature, the human condition in various eras of both physical and cultural evolution, and more importantly, history of how far we have come. Limiting access by costs and demeaning policies makes their richness shallow.
Agreed. Sometimes museums take the notion of securing objects for safety as locking them away unnecessarily.
I can't think of anything more wonderful, and honest to the nature of artwork and why artists create. Art was never and will never be created for a few very rich collectors to secret away behind closed doors, so they can brag about how it improves their social status. Its a massive massive thumbs up from me
"May a thousand Irises bloom in Somalia, Chile, the Ukraine, in Bombay, Jordan, Norway, Indonesia, and in South Central, Los Angeles on as many T-shirts as someone can make and sell."
Amen to that!
You know, I just might do that. Cheers, J!
You could start a revolution with a flower. I am so old I remember people giving flowers to riot police on my college campus who had come to shoot us if our anti-war protests (Vietnam) got out of control. It was very effective particularly when a winsome blond haired girl placed the flowers in front of them. There is a famous photograph from this period of a young woman putting a flower in the barrel of a soldier's gun at a protest at the Pentagon.
Oh, I remember that photograph, and fondly too! It was one of the most beautiful images I had ever seen!
Still have the image that I had cut out from a magazine a long time ago, stored away in my cupboard somewhere.
I loved collecting photos from newspapers and magazines; still do, and the "mess" I made with my clippings scattered all over the place drove my parents nuts.
These days it's my wife and my son who get really miffed whenever they find an odd clipping staring back at them from inside the closet, or the kitchen drawer.
It's a passion that I'll carry to the grave, haha!
Should I pull a similar stunt here (the police aren't allowed to carry guns), they'd lock me up for smartassery.