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The Week’s Muse: 8 November

8 November 2014

A round-up of recent news and comment from the Muse Room

Museum openings in Paris

© Iwan Baan 2014

Paris celebrated two major museum openings in quick succession recently. Caroline Rossiter explores Frank Gehry’s cloud-like construction in the Bois de Boulogne, while Louise Nicholson takes a tour of the spruced up Musée Picasso.

Is the Turner Prize still relevant at 30?

Installation view of 'Things Shared' by Ciara Phillips, Turner Prize 2014, Tate BritainIn the November issue of Apollo, Declan Long and Laura Gascoigne debate the significance of the Turner Prize. Can it still claim national and international importance? Or is its power to influence and inflame public opinion diminished?

The Rijksmuseum’s modern makeover

'Tour' (2002), Frank van der Salm‘Photography suits the museum’. Mattie Boom, curator of photography at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, spoke to Apollo this week about the new ‘Modern Times’ exhibition. What can photography bring to an institution far more famous for its Old Masters?

Acquisitions of the Month

The Metropolitan Museum and Tate took home new treasures in October. The former acquired a collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts from the St Louis Museum, while Tate raided the tent at Frieze London for contemporary works.