Art Libraries

KMB, Cologne (Germany) threatened with closure

Mark writes "Kunst- und Museumsbibliothek der Stadt Köln (KMB) is one of the largest art libraries in Germany. It specialises in contemporary art, and in particular art and artists of Germany, The Netherlands, and Belgium. The library is under threat as a consequence of the Cologne City Council’s financial problems. The library’s users are mounting a protest campaign in an attempt to save the library.

More Info Here, and
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Note: pages are German, Translation Says "To threatening smashing of the art and museum library of the city Cologne"

Treasures of a Passionate Collector

Jen Young sent along A NYTimes Travel Article on The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens - a grand institution that encompasses a world-class library; fine, far-reaching art collections including Constable landscapes and elegant French clocks; and encyclopedic botanical gardens on 207 rolling green acres - is mind-boggling in its riches.

\"microsound\" in California libraries

Today\'s edition of Studio 360 on NPR showcases an emerging art form called microsound. In an interview, microsound artist Steve Roden discusses one of his sound installations, placed in a library. His exhibition and performance history lists two shows in California libraries, and he sounds like an interesting avant-garde artist and performer.

Illegal Art in the Corporate Age

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"An art show in NYC, moving soon to Chicago, argues that corporate copyright laws are too restrictive.
Here\'s The NYTimes Story.\"

So far this operation has not sparked even a lawyer\'s angry voice mail, said Carrie McLaren, curator of the exhibition, \"Illegal Art: Freedom of Expression in the Corporate Age\"
They say the point is American copyright laws are overly restrictive and outdated. \"Illegal Art,\" which had its debut at CBGB\'s 313 Gallery in New York in November, moves to Chicago later this month.

'Sights Once Seen' an Epic Reimagining of a Trip

SomeOne sent over this one on a neat project going on
at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. Robert Shlaer uses the daguerreotype process to recapture lost images first made on Fremont's 1853 expedition to the Rockies.

A Visual Arts Library That\'s Out of the Box

The Other Ryan writes: \"Today\'s NYT reports that groundbreaking isn\'t for a few years (at least, with what NYC\'s libraries are going through), but, um, the design of the Brooklyn Public Library\'s new Visual Arts Library, well...yes, it\'s groundbreaking in itself.

It\'s a see-through-ship-like-thing, huge, with plans for a 24 hour multimedia center and ideas of using outdoor steps for an ampitheater, etc.

Plans that didn\'t make the cut include a tsunami, a jewelry box, and a cubist wedge.

Brooklyn Public Library homepage (couldn\'t find a press release on it).

Art In Libraries

Charles Davis passed along this Ananova Story on Ten Leonardo da Vinci drawings from the Royal Library at Windsor Castle that are going on show to mark the Queen\'s Golden Jubilee.


In other art/library news, A boy of 10 discovered a long-lost Victorian painting worth up to £600,000 hanging above a bookcase in his school library.

The work, The Fate Of Persephone, was by leading British painter Walter Crane and had last been heard of in Germany in 1923 and is estimated at between £400,000 and £600,000.It will be put up for auction at Christie\'s in London on June 12th, just in case you have a few hundred thousand pounds in your fines jar you don\'t know what to do with.
That\'s about 856,850 US Dollars now.

Quirky Yes, Al Qaeda No

James Nimmo passed along This Houston Press story on two agents dispatched to sniff out supposed anti-American activity at the tiny Art Car Museum last week.

Agents said they were following up on complaints they received about anti-American activity at the museum.
After spending about an hour touring and taking notes, the agents helped themselves to free museum literature and said good-bye.
Museum docent Donna Huanca was reportedly \"freaked out\"

Taliban Took an Ax to Antiquities

Hermit :-( writes \"The LAtimes has an article describing how \"More than 2,750 items in Afghan National Museum were destroyed in [the Taliban] regime\'s war on art, experts say.\" First they came for the music, then the films, then the television... then the ancient artifacts of their heritage... \"A [printed] tourist guide to the National Museum, printed by the Afghan government in 1974, is now [Afghan historian] Mohebzadah\'s pocket guide to all that has been lost. Most of the items listed in its glossy pages are gone, he said.\" A deeply bitter irony is that the Afghan and European efforts to catalog the artifacts, \"those very catalogs--its photographs now littering the museum compound--helped the Taliban search for things to destroy as the regime became more isolated and more extreme.\" \"

Library Kids Art Display is Wall-to-Wall

In an effort to promote art and libraries, the Natrona County Public Library in Casper, WY, in partnership with schools recently placed some 12,000 works of art, created by kids, on display in the library. The article includes tips for others who may be interested in such a project. More from Today\'s Librarian.

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