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Archaeologists have unsealed a 1,000-year-old brick tomb in northern China containing unusually well-preserved murals of heavenly and earthly scenes.

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Will Oslo Save Its National Gallery?

by Laura C. Mallonee on November 18, 2014

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A group of prominent Norwegian architects who have long opposed the Norway’s new national museum building are now speaking out to save the original National Gallery, which dates to 1842.

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Norwegians will soon have a wonderful reason to renew their passports. Just weeks after Norway’s central bank revealed its new, abstract currency, the National Police Directorate (NPD) announced that Neue Design Studio has won a competition to reimagine the country’s travel documents and identity cards.

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How Museums Affect the Brain

by Laura C. Mallonee on November 17, 2014

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It seems self-evident that architecture impacts our emotions.

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Post image for A Philadelphia Library Sues Maurice Sendak’s Estate

Throughout his life, Where the Wild Things Are author Maurice Sendak made no distinction between writing for adults and writing for children. Now the courts will have their say.

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Smithsonian Plans $2 Billion Overhaul

by Laura C. Mallonee on November 14, 2014

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Leaking roofs. Bad plumbing. Through-the-roof electricity bills. We’ve all experienced them, and the 168-year-old Smithsonian Institution is no different. This week, it announced a $2 billion dollar plan to bring its museums and gardens into the 21st century.

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Art Movements

by Tiernan Morgan on November 14, 2014

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This week in art news: Money, Money, Money. Over $1 billion was spent on contemporary art this week. Christie’s and Sotheby’s turned down an interview with NPR for their report on the American Royalties Too Act (A.R.T.), and the world’s biggest art collector passed away.

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Listen up: $1.5 billion!

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Post image for Art Collective Sues German Politician for Libel: “It Is About Freedom of Art”

The German art collective known as the Center for Political Beauty (CPB) doesn’t mess around.

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Post image for Prada Marfa Vandal Dodges Jail Time in Plea Deal

The man arrested last March on charges of having vandalized Elmgreen & Dragset’s simulated Prada storefront in Marfa, Texas has escaped jail time with a plea bargain, Glasstire reported.

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