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The British Museum has announced the biggest UK exhibition of Edvard Munch prints in 45 years. Edvard Munch: Love and Angst runs from 11th April – 21st July 2019 at the Sir Joseph Hotung Exhibition Gallery. Supported by AKO Foundation, the British Museum will present a major new exhibition on the work of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863-1944). Edvard Munch: Love and Angst will focus on Munch’s remarkable and experimental prints – an art form which...

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In an effort to give museums a better chance of acquiring historic items before they disappear into private hands, the government has announced plans to expand the definition of ‘treasure’. At present, those who find items at least 300 years old made substantially of gold and silver, or which are found with artefacts of precious metals, have a legal obligation to report to a coroner within 14 days. If the object is deemed to be...

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In its most recent project, the British Museum documents the Syrian civil war and refugee crisis by acquiring photography from various artists. With the help of the U.K. charity, the Art Fund, the museum intends to feed this ongoing project by continually collecting relevant art pieces on the topic. The scheme was conceived back in 2009 by the British Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum to collect Middle Eastern photography. The Contemporary and Modern...

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The lengthy restoration of the British Museum’s famous Amitābha Buddha has recently been completed, giving visitors access once again to this vast and venerable masterpiece. Are you familiar with the jujube tree? Possibly not, because this is a very rare tree that has been cultivated in China for over 4,000 years for its edible fruits rich in vitamin C. Some 1,400 years ago it was not the Vitamin C that Chinese craftsmen were after, they...

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A History of the World in 100 objects, this was the title, inspired by Neil MacGregor, until recently Director of the British Museum, for the groundbreaking BBC Radio 4 series that explores world history from two million years ago to the present. The objects featured in the series can be seen and their stories discovered in the British Museum’s galleries. Pictured here is just one of the 100 objects: The Lewis Chessmen, an early chess...

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In March 2014 the British Museum opened the Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery with a major exhibition on the Vikings, supported by BP. The exhibition has been developed with the National Museum of Denmark and the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (National Museums in Berlin) and focuses on the core period of the Viking Age from the late eighth century to the early 11th century. The extraordinary Viking expansion from the Scandinavian homelands during this era created a cultural...

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