Museums

Better digs for Liverpool’s mummies

The World Museum has won a £300,000 grant to expand its ancient Egypt gallery

Published online: 05 March 2015

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Russia’s Gulag museum to shut down after clash with regional authorities

The closing of Perm-36, the country’s only historic site to commemorate Soviet repression, marks one of several recent battles over culture

Published online: 05 March 2015

Van Dyck self-portrait reconfirmed as genuine

Artist’s gold chain provides clue that work in Minneapolis is an original

Published online: 05 March 2015

Lina Bo Bardi’s glass and concrete gem in São Paulo to be restored to original condition

After being bailed out by Banco Itaú last year, the Museu de Arte de São Paulo is ready to return to its former glory in October

Published online: 05 March 2015

Work on Louvre Abu Dhabi goes into overdrive

Official opening date probably in 2016 as thousands of workers drafted in to complete the vast building

Published online: 04 March 2015

UK galleries gain prize works from Lucian Freud’s estate

More than 40 paintings and drawings by Frank Auerbach distributed to public collections in lieu of inheritance tax

Published online: 04 March 2015

 

Motion's poetic send-off for Sandy

Sandy Nairne, the retiring director of London’s National Portrait Gallery, was honoured with a send-off from the former poet laureate,...

An ode to Sandy

Sandy Nairne, the retiring director of London’s National Portrait Gallery, was honoured with a send-off from the former poet laureate,...

Not on Will's watch

The BBC's arts editor, Will Gompertz, has cleverly dissected visitor figures for Tate and the National Gallery, pointing out that recent...

 

A most beautiful bible

Just in time for Christmas, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York hosts “The Winchester Bible: a Masterpiece of Medieval Art” (until 9 March 2015), an exhibition of illuminated pages from the famed medieval bible, which was written by a single scribe and illustrated by a group of painters over the course of 30 years in the 1100s. Commissioned around 1160 by the Bishop of Winchester, Henry of Blois, the multi-volume tome is currently on tour while the cathedral at Winchester undergoes renovation. The Metropolitan museum show includes two volumes of the book, and one of the volume’s pages will be turned once a month for the duration of the exhibition. In this clip, the actor John Rhys-Davies, who played Henry of Blois in “Chronicles of Light,” discusses the bible.