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The World's Most Popular Exhibitions 2016

The World's Most Popular Exhibitions 2016

Museums are popular. They attract more people in the UK each year than football matches. Rare collections command long queues. Last year proved no exception. The top five art museums (Musee du Louvre, The Met Museum, British Museum, National Gallery and Vatican Museums) together attracted some 33 million visitors last year. The Bosch exhibition at Noordbrabants hosted over 400,000 visitors in its three months run. Visitors queued in sub-zero temperatures for four hours to get to see the Serov exhibition at the State Tretyakov Gallery.   Each year the Art Newspaper publishes a survey of the most visited exhibitions across the globe. We take a look...

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Museum Spotlight: The Dog Collar Museum

Museum Spotlight: The Dog Collar Museum

Scattered across the globe are museums dedicated to every conceivable subject, from currywurst to broken relationships and pencils to bad art. In our latest feature on some of the world's most quirky museums, we look at the Dog Collar Museum which, in their own words is 'arguably the finest collection of historic dog collars on display to the public'.  Dog and humans go a long way back - as do dog collars. One of the first bits of evidence showing man using a collar to control his delightful mutt dates back to c3500 BCE. For the last four and a half millennia, we have used collars to restrain, protect and identify...

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Museum spotlight: Museum of Bad Art (MOBA)

Museum spotlight: Museum of Bad Art (MOBA)

It can sometimes seem that every city in the world has at least one museum dedicated to great art. But it's only Somerville, Massachusetts that can boast a museum that celebrates bad art. Baby Dolls For more than 20 years, the Museum of Bad Art (MOBA) has been showcasing art that's so spectacularly bad, it's good - or at least enormously entertaining to look at.  The idea of the museum was born around 20 years ago, when Boston antique dealer, Scott Wilson plucked a painting, Lucy in the Field with Flowers, from a pile of garbage. He had only wanted the picture frame. Lucy in the...

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Museum spotlight: Deutsches Currywurst Museum Berlin

Museum spotlight: Deutsches Currywurst Museum Berlin

If the word 'museum' conjures up the image of hushed and dimly lit galleries with dusty exhibits - then think again. We have travelled the globe (digitally) to find some of the most quirky museums - museums that are tributes to weird and wonderful subjects and that are filled with extraordinary stories and unusual exhibits. For the first article in our Museum Spotlight series, we look at the wonderful Currywurst Museum in Berlin - a museum which describes itself as 'a lot of museum with a lot of sausage'. Located near Checkpoint Charlie in the Mitte region of the city, the Currywurst Museum celebrates the German cult...

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Exhibition review: Alfred Flechtheim: Kunsthändler der Moderne at the Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin

Exhibition review: Alfred Flechtheim: Kunsthändler der Moderne at the Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin

Art historian and Museum Bookstore friend, Jean Marie Carey reviews Alfred Flechtheim: Kunsthändler der Moderne at the Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin - an exhibition about the colourful art dealer and publisher, Alfred Flechtheim. Alfred Flechtheim: Kunsthändler der Moderne is the first exhibition in Berlin dedicated to one of the avant-garde’s most beloved enthusiasts, its uniqueness elevated by its emphasis on sculpture. Though curator Dr. Julia Wallner clearly knows better, she casts this collection assembled around artists Flechtheim befriended and represented as an historical bygone, the phenomenon of a decade of innocence long ago, not an 85-years- long confrontation over the...

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