Brazilians Are Crowdsourcing Images Of Works Lost In National Museum Fire

“While most Brazilians were still reeling from the devastating fire at the country’s National Museum last week, Luana Santos and fellow museum studies students in Rio de Janeiro had started gathering photos and videos of missing items, and even selfies taken by visitors to the vast archive. … Within hours, their appeal went worldwide; so […]

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A ‘Genuine’ Leonardo Sells For $83 Million On Russia’s Version Of eBay

“‘Dmitry’, from the town of Mamonovo in the Kaliningrad region, says that the painting, titled A Young Girl in Furs, was authenticated by the Stockholm art valuation firm Atelje Catellani. … Before its removal, four days after it was posted on [the auction site] Avito, the advert read: ‘Attention: I am selling the original Leonardo […]

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How Do Most Museums Protect Their Collections From Fire? (Wouldn’t Sprinklers Damage Them?)

“One of the challenges of designing systems for buildings like the [now-destroyed National] Museum of Brazil is balancing the fear of fire itself with the damage that typical fire suppression systems like sprinklers can inflict on precious artifacts. But according to the experts I spoke with,” writes Rachelle Hampton, “that balance can really only be […]

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Staffers Ran Into Burning National Museum Of Brazil To Rescue Parts Of Collection

“[Paleontologist Paulo] Buckup, who has worked at the National Museum since 1996, led the group’s harrowing entry into the museum. ‘There were constant collapses while we were inside. There were falling objects and lots of smoke. In one area we realized there was a real risk of the ceiling collapsing, we could not assess when […]

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Oops: Steep Drop In Attendance At London’s National Portrait Was Counting Error

An automatic device was found to undercount visitors, so it failed the test. Inexplicably, Ipsos incorrectly informed the gallery that the equipment had “passed” the test. So, for more than a year, the faulty equipment remained in use and incorrect data was supplied to the government. A recent investigation into why the test was categorised […]

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