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Brazil recovers ancient human fossil fragments from burnt Rio museum

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian officials said Friday they have recovered pieces of a 12,000-year-old fossil of a neolithic woman that was among the prized artifacts in Rio de Janeiro's burnt down National Museum.

Essential Science: Unpicking ‘dark data’ in fossil collections

Scientists have begun to use new technologies to help quantify the vast and curious fossil finds that are stored, and in some cases remained untouched for decades, on museum shelves.

Japanese architect's new V&A museum opens in Scotland

Dundee - A futuristic museum designed by Tokyo Olympic Stadium architect Kengo Kuma and featuring exterior concrete slabs in a hull shape was unveiled in Scotland on Wednesday.

Sweden returns Nazi-looted Kokoschka painting to Jewish heir

Stockholm - Sweden's modern museum on Tuesday said it had returned a Nazi-confiscated painting by Austrian artist Oskar Kokoschka to the heir of a persecuted Jewish art collector.

Government cuts blamed for Brazil National Museum inferno

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian officials on Monday blamed years of government cutbacks for an inferno that gutted the treasured National Museum, described by President Michel Temer as a "tragic" loss of knowledge and heritage.

Brazil's first human, a 'priceless' loss from Rio's museum fire

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil on Monday mourned the loss of the "first Brazilian," Luzia, after the 12,000-year-old fossil was destroyed in a raging fire that ripped through Rio de Janeiro's treasured National Museum.

Raging fire tears through prized Rio museum

Rio De Janeiro - A massive fire ripped through Rio de Janeiro's treasured National Museum, one of Brazil's oldest, in what the nation's president says is a "tragic" loss of knowledge and heritage.

Fire engulfs National Museum, one of Brazil's oldest

Rio De Janeiro - A massive fire gutted the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro, one of Brazil's oldest, authorities said Sunday, but no injuries were immediately reported.The cause of the fire, which broke out around 2230 GMT, was not yet known, according to local media....

Brazil's 'queer museum' reopens in Rio after forced closure

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's "queer museum," forced to close last year after conservatives attacked it for allegedly promoting pedophilia, blasphemy and bestiality, is reopening in the shadow of Rio de Janeiro's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue.

Playing with history: Corsica's Playmobil homage to Napoleon

Ajaccio - Tucked away on a side street near the Corsican home where Napoleon Bonaparte was born, a mini museum invites young minds to relive the French emperor's story -- through scenes painstakingly built from hundreds of Playmobil figurines.

Israel museum reunites rings Freud used to bind students

Jerusalem - A new exhibition in Jerusalem is for the first time bringing together signet rings Sigmund Freud had bestowed upon chosen disciples, initially as part of a secret psychoanalytical society.

Thieves steal ancient arrow poison from Dutch museum

Den Haag - Dutch police were on Thursday hunting for thieves who stole a museum safe containing a potentially deadly poison used by South American tribes to lace their arrows for hunting.

Cyber war, Syria airstrikes feature in revamped RAF museum

London - Visitors to Britain's revamped Royal Air Force Museum opening on Saturday can fend off cyber attacks, identify airstrike targets and practice landing jets on flight simulators.

Louvre Abu Dhabi sets Da Vinci unveiling for September

Dubai - The Louvre Abu Dhabi said Wednesday it will unveil its most prized acquisition on September 18 -- a very rare painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci that was bought for a record $450 million last year.

Berlin museum returns Nazi-looted treasure

Berlin - A Berlin museum Monday said it had formally restituted a 15th century religious wooden sculpture to the heirs of former owners, a Jewish couple who fled the Nazi regime.

Slices of London's fatbergs on display Special

Londesborough - Fatbergs are congealed masses of fat and discarded items and they are increasingly blocking Britain’s sewers. A new exhibition at the Museum of London puts sections of a fatberg on display.

Picasso's $115-million 'Young Girl' to be loaned to Paris museum

New York - Picasso's "Young Girl With Basket of Flowers," recently sold at a New York auction for $115 million, will be loaned to Paris's Musee d'Orsay for a Picasso exhibit opening in September.

Pakistani-American brings politics to NY's Met rooftop

New York - A Pakistani-American sculptor brings dark times, science fiction and a desire to provoke to New York's famed Metropolitan Museum of Art for this year's rooftop installation overlooking the Manhattan skyline.

Famed Istanbul modern art museum enters new era

Istanbul - It's a busy afternoon at Istanbul Modern, Turkey's premier modern art museum, and the gallery is packed with visitors taking selfies or discussing the artworks in hushed tones.

Brazil museum selling prized Jackson Pollock to stay afloat

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro's Modern Art Museum is selling one of its most prized works, a Jackson Pollock painting, to help stay afloat.

New York's Morgan Library receives major James Joyce collection

New York - One of the foremost private collections of works by the influential Irish writer James Joyce has been donated to New York's Morgan Library and Museum.

Iranians welcome Louvre show despite tense diplomacy

Tehran - Iranians gave a warm welcome to a new exhibition by France's Louvre on Tuesday -- the first major show by a foreign museum in the country. "It was great. I never thought I'd see such artworks in my life," said Mehdi, a 26-year-old student.

How fashion, shoes and accessories enable the disabled

New York - Fashion photographer Jerris Madison thought his titanium rod leg spelled the end of his glamor days when doctors amputated his leg four years ago in a battle with bone cancer.

Poland jails Belarussians who stripped naked at Auschwitz

Warsaw - A Polish court on Wednesday jailed the organisers of an anti-war stunt that saw a dozen people strip naked last year at the former German Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau before one of them slaughtered a lamb.

Bayeux Tapestry loan 'very significant': British PM

London - Prime Minister Theresa May said Wednesday it was "very significant" that the Bayeux Tapestry will be loaned to Britain from France, more than 950 years after the Norman conquest of England it depicts.

Macron's tapestry gesture risks rousing Anglo-French rivalry

Paris - In a gesture of abiding friendship, or perhaps a subtle act of diplomatic trolling, French President Emmanuel Macron will offer to loan Britain the famed Bayeux Tapestry, depicting the French conquest of England, during his visit to the UK on Thursday....

France says Bayeux Tapestry loan to Britain 'not before 2020'

Paris - The French presidency said Wednesday that it was in talks to loan the Bayeux Tapestry to Britain, but that the 11th-century embroidery would not be transferred before 2020.

Abu Dhabi authorities 'acquired' $450 mn Da Vinci: museum

Abu Dhabi - The Louvre Abu Dhabi said Friday that local Emirati authorities had "acquired" a $450-million painting by Renaissance master Leonardo Da Vinci, as reports swirled about the original source of funding.

Da Vinci sold for $450 mn is headed to Louvre Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi - "Salvator Mundi," a painting of Christ by Leonardo Da Vinci that recently sold for a record $450 million, is heading to the Louvre Abu Dhabi in a coup for the bold new museum, it announced Wednesday.

Desperately seeking this Frida Kahlo painting. Last seen in Poland

Poznan - After taking an overnight bus to Poznan in Poland for an exhibition on Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, two Portuguese sisters are now standing in front of a curious blue suggestion box.
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