News, comment and opinion from this week’s Muse Room: arts and crafts, ivory, twitter, public art, hidden stores and a $20 million stamp
Most museums are like icebergs, the vast bulk of their collections are hidden. Does it have to be that way?
What makes a good work of public art? The success of Bill Viola’s ‘Martyrs’ suggests that a sense of sincerity and tradition can win people round to contemporary formats
The British Guiana One-Cent Magenta is the only stamp of its kind in the world, and by far the most expensive
How can museums make the most of a tool like Twitter? @SignorKentino has some tips
In Apollo’s June issue, Martin Levy discusses the impact of the proposed US ivory ban on the cultural sector
A response to the Jewish Museum shooting; Marina Abramović in trouble over nothing; connoisseurship now; Outsider Art; and Matisse at the cinema
Does David Bailey know any women artists? His selection of artists’ portraits in his latest exhibition suggests not
Paintings by Van Gogh, Degas and Seurat are among the 62 modern works bequeathed by Paul Mellon, to enter the NGA collection recently
Outsider Art is gaining prominence in the UK, but it’s been a slow awakening: we’re still catching up with Europe and the USA
The news of the shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels last month was sickening, but Jewish institutions must stay open
Should museums try to preserve traditional notions of ‘good’ taste, or encourage new ways of thinking about art and culture?
Has the time come for a revival of connoisseurship?
Marina Abramović intends to do nothing at the Serpentine Galleries this summer. But nothing has been done before…
This week’s news and comment from the Muse Room: Michael Schmidt, the Glasgow School of Art, auction highlights, and troublesome renovations
A new installation mythologises Van Gogh’s old apartment in London: but such properties are often disappointing
Should a museum, purportedly in order to save its head, sell off the jewel in its crown?
But authenticity is hardly Hirst’s own strong point
Does art history have an image problem? A round-up of stories and comment from the Muse Room.
Museums enrich communities around the world; why not take a day to celebrate that fact?
The BBC intends to remake Kenneth Clark’s seminal TV programme ‘Civilisation’. Who should present it?
‘Birth of a Museum’ celebrates new acquisitions for the Louvre Abu Dhabi, but will it win round a critical public?
There’s not a single museum director on The Guardian’s latest list