Here’s some of the most interesting news from the past month:
1.Treasures from King Tut’s tomb go on a world tour
Sixty artefacts from Tutankhamun’s tomb will be travelling around the world visiting 10 cities including London, as well as cities in Canada, Australia, Japan and North Korea. Following this tour, the treasures will be permanently housed in the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza. Keep an eye out to see if these artefacts will be visiting your city so that you don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view them. In the meantime, you can take a look at some of them here.
2. Forgeries at Prince Charles’s Charity
The Prince of Wales’s charity headquarters in Scotland have many masterpieces on display. Three paintings– previously believed to be by Dali, Picasso and Monet– have now been exposed as forgeries. This revelation was brought to light by none other than the forger himself. You can read more about it here.
3. Bringing art to a Supermax prison
French artist JR started an amazing project at the California Correctional Institution: Tehachapi in October of this year. JR brought the stories and portraits of several prisoners to life by creating a gigantic mural on the roof of a building in the correctional facility. The mural was created with the help of JR’s team as well as some of the prisoners themselves. With this project the artist hopes to bring a new understanding to how we perceive and judge the incarcerated in our society. You can view the amazing work, as well as listen to the stories of all involved here.
4. Lou Reed’s mix tape for Andy Warhol
Judith Peraino, a musicologist, recently discovered a mix tape in the archives of the Andy Warhol museum that appears to contain previously unheard songs by Lou Reed. On side 2 of the tape, titled “The Philosophy Songs (from A to B and Back)”, Reed appears to be singing songs based on Warhol’s book The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again). You can read more about it and listen to an excerpt here.
5. An LGBTQ art show in Thailand aims to teach tolerance
The Bangkok Art and Culture Center in Thailand is displaying art by more than 50 artists from Thailand, India, and China, many of whom identify as LGBTQ. This makes it one of its first LGBTQ-themed exhibitions of this scale. Titled Spectrosynthesis II—Exposure of Tolerance: LGBTQ in Southeast Asia, the museum hopes that it will reflect the growing tolerance for the LGBTQ community in the country, as well as invite other countries in Southeast Asia to do the same. Since it’s opening on November 23rd, the exhibition has attracted almost 6000 visitors. Learn more about it here.
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