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The Week’s Muse: 7 June

7 June 2014

Comment and opinion from this week’s Muse Room

A response to the shooting at the Musée Juif de Belgique

The news of the shooting at the Musée Juif de Belgique in Brussels on 24 May was sickening, but Abigail Morris of the Jewish Museum in London insists that Jewish institutions must stay open and welcoming.

Fuss over nothing?

Artist Marina Abramovic performs during the 'Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present' exhibition opening night party at The Museum of Modern Art. (9 March, 2010, New York City).Marina Abramović’s plan to ‘do nothing’ at the Serpentine this summer may not be as radical as she asserts; but is the fuss over her failure to acknowledge artistic precedents a bit premature?

The role of connoisseurship

(detail; 1865–8), Honoré Daumier.In his Editor’s Letter Thomas Marks discusses the future of connoisseurship and its popular uses, while Danielle Thom asks whether it is still the role of museums to champion ‘good taste’.

Outsider Art in the UK

Manuel Lanca Bonifacio, pencil crayon on paperOutsider art is gaining prominence in the UK. But, as Marc Steene of Pallant House Gallery points out, it’s still a long way behind Europe and the USA, where such art has been exhibited and collected for years.

Matisse Live

Tate staged its first live cinema event this week. But did ‘Matisse Live’ actually benefit from being a live event? Imelda Barnard discusses the strengths and flaws of the show and its format.

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