Man charged with stealing terra-cotta warrior’s thumb at museum

HONG KONG — The warrior was a symbol of martial strength, molded from terra cotta and buried more than 2,000 years ago with China’s first emperor to defend him in the afterlife.

The statue was helpless, however, against a man in a green sweater and a Phillies hat who, authorities say, sneaked into a closed-off area during a party at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia in December and stole its thumb.

The man, who was attending the museum’s after-hours ugly-sweater party on Dec. 21, entered the terra-cotta warrior exhibition room and used his cellphone’s flashlight to view the displays. Then, according to

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Partygoer steals thumb from Terracotta statue at US museum

A 24-year-old man has been charged with theft of a major artwork from a Philadelphia museum — stealing a thumb from a Terracotta Warrior statue that is part of an exhibit on loan from China at the Franklin Institute, according to law enforcement authorities.

Michael Rohana took a selfie with the statue before allegedly snapping off the part at an after-hours party at the museum, authorities said.

The thumb was recovered at Rohana’s home five days after it was taken and returned to the museum, authorities said.

Rohana has been charged with theft of a major artwork from a museum, concealment of major

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Macy’s offering half-price museum admission for February … – The San Diego Union

February is Macy’s Museum Month, with 45 San Diego museums offering 50 percent off admission with a pass.

The free pass can be picked up at any Macy’s store in San Diego. The promotion runs through Feb. 28. Each pass admits up to four people at half price.

All participating museums are part of the San Diego Museum Council, which has offered this deal through Macy’s stores for 29 years.

Participating museums are: Adobe Chapel; Barona Cultural Center and Museum; Birch Aquarium at Scripps; the California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum; California Surf Museum; Coronado Museum of History and Art; the Fleet

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Italy’s far-right protested a museum for its Arabic-speaker discount as “discriminating against Italians”

The Egyptian museum in Turin, a northern city in Italy, is keen to diversify its clientele. It offered a three-month discount (link in Italian) for Arabic speakers to come and see its artifacts, many of which originated from Egypt. The offer did inspire a crowd, but not the one the museum was probably hoping for.

Brothers of Italy, the far-right party which is a junior member of a three-way coalition led by Silvio Berlusconi, staged a protest outside the museum last week (Feb. 9) after taking offense to the museum’s offer because it was “discriminating against Italians,” said Story continued at Source: https://qz.com/1208227/italys-far-right-protested-against-a-turin-museum-for-giving-a-discount-to-arabic-speakers/

 

Far Right Protests Italian Museum for Offering Discount to Arabic Speakers

The Brothers of Italy, an outspoken far-right Italian political party, is up in arms over a new campaign to draw Arabic-speaking visitors to the Egyptian Museum in Turin. According to the New York Times, the group gathered at the institution on Friday to protest a new two-for-one admission discount for Arabic speakers, alleging that it discriminates against Italians.

Museum director Christian Greco confronted the demonstrators to explain that the museum belongs to everyone and then asked if the party plans to protest the couples’ discount that will be implemented on Valentine’s Day or the student discount offered on

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Far Right Protests Italian Museum for Offering Discount to Arabic …

The Brothers of Italy, an outspoken far-right Italian political party, is up in arms over a new campaign to draw Arabic-speaking visitors to the Egyptian Museum in Turin, Italy. According to the New York Times, the group gathered at the institution on Friday to protest a new two-for-one admissions discount for Arabic speakers, alleging that it discriminates against Italians.

Museum director Christian Greco confronted the demonstrators to explain that the museum belongs to everyone and then asked if the party plans to protest the couples’ discount that will be implemented on Valentine’s Day or the student discount offered

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Italy’s Far Right Targets a Museum Discount for Arabic Speakers

“There is racism in Italy — against Italians,” Ms. Meloni proclaimed.

The museum director, Christian Greco, left his office inside the building to confront the chanting protesters.

“The museum belongs to everybody,” Mr. Greco explained calmly to Ms. Meloni, in an exchange that was captured on video, and then widely circulated on social media and on Italian television stations over the weekend.

Mr. Greco made the point that the museum belonged to everyone and had various promotions to lure many types of visitors — including discounts for couples on Valentine’s Day.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/12/world/europe/turin-egypt-museum-italy-brothers.html

 

Metropolitan Museum of Art Gets to Keep Iconic Picasso Work

The Metropolitan Museum of Art will be able to keep one of its most famous Pablo Picasso paintings after a federal judge threw out a lawsuit by the estate of a German businessman who was seeking to recover the work that he was forced to sell at a discount while fleeing the Nazis.

“The Actor” is a highlight of the museum’s second-floor galleries showing 19th and early 20th century European paintings and sculptures. The work depicts a young man on stage, clad in pastel-pink costume with blue accessories. The subject’s pale, gaunt face and an exaggerated hand gesture evoke the artist

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Museum Announces Events Planned in Conjunction with Da Vinci—The Genius exhibition

  In conjunction with the world-class Da Vinci—The Genius exhibition at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History Science from February 10 through July 29, 2018, the museum is hosting many da Vinci-related events. The events include $5 First Fridays, adult party nights, lectures, and panel discussions.

On the first Friday of each month, the Museum offers themed $5 First Fridays

The $22 da Vinci exhibition admission will be discounted by $5 during the evening activities held from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. During Da

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