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UK Museums Face Growing Pressure to Sell-Off Works Unless Public Funding Improves

UK museums face a “shocking” state of affairs, the Princeton-based, British historian David Cannadine writes in his report “Why Collect?,” which was published on Thursday 15 February. The British state now spends less on culture than France, Denmark, Hungary or Latvia, he points out. Cannadine’s downbeat report on museum collecting concludes that there are “no subst.....

Newfields Director Charles Venable on Why Art Museums as We Know Them Cannot Survive

Amusement parks, as we know, are places of frivolous entertainment, where people can while away the time amid tilt-a-wheels, sugary fluff, and other delights. Museums, on the other hand, are sites of learning and quiet introspection. At least, that’s how it used to be. In Indianapolis, the iconoclastic museum director Charles Venable seems to be heretically mingling these two cultural models with Newfields, a rechristened .....