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People Keep Accidentally Destroying Stuff at Museums

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/09/2016, 1:00 PM

If you're active on social media, you might have noticed a recent spate of incidents involving museum artifacts being accidentally damaged by careless selfie snappers and curious looky loos who just can't resist touching a piece of art or a priceless historical doodad. Many of these disastrous events have gone viral (especially when there's video). There was the guy who broke a wooden cloc...

New Dalí Museum Opens in California

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/03/2016, 12:30 PM

A new museum showcasing the work of Spanish surrealist Salvador Dalí has opened in Monterey, California.  Housed in the building previously known as the Museum of Monterey, the Dalí17 Museum features a whopping 580 works by the artist, including dreamlike paintings, drawings, lithographs, sculptures, and more. The collection was donated by California real estate mogul Dmitry Piterman. ...

Obamas Pick Architects for Presidential Library

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/30/2016, 9:45 PM

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have selected the architects who will design the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago. Choosing from among 144 architects from across the globe (the list was narrowed to seven last fall), the Obamas picked husband-and-wife team Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, whose past works include the Barnes Foundation art museum in Philadelphia. No pr...

Walking-on-Water Artwork Hugely Popular in Italy

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/23/2016, 10:45 PM

The latest large-scale installation by conceptual artist Christo is a 2-mile long walkway covered in saffron-colored fabric and connecting two islands in Northern Italy's Lake Iseo to each other and the mainland. Called "The Floating Piers," it's designed to make you feel like you're walking on water. Attracted by this prospect as well as the fact that the temporary installation is free to the...

Pausing for Art in the Napa Valley: A Visit to the Spectacular di Rosa Preserve

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/14/2015, 10:45 PM

White, red, or rose, and whether to sip or spit—those are the choices and considerations that fill the days of most visitors to the Napa Valley wine region. But even the most avid oenophiles usually need to take a break from hour upon hour of vino. And when that happens, many head to the di Rosa Preserve, a sprawling, 217-acre visual arts complex that provides its own form of intoxication. ...

Riviera Nayarit, Part 3: Intense Huichol Art

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/18/2014, 1:00 AM

Back in March, I was lucky enough to be in Mexico City (one of my favorite cities) and at the small guesthouse where we were staying, the owner had a striking work of art on the coffee table of the reception room. An actual cow's skull, it was covered with brilliantly colored beads, looking like a cross between something Sol Le Witt and Georgia O'Keefe would have created....had they ever ...

A Guest Blog from David Paul Appell On What's New and Noteworthy in Miami This Fall and Winter

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/27/2013, 2:30 PM

We're proud to present a guest post today by David Paul Appell of Tripatini.com. David is also the author of the upcoming Frommer's EasyGuide to Miami & Key West, which will be hitting bookstore shelves in November. A brilliant book (if I do say so myself), written by a longtime resident of Miami who clearly loves his city, it will introduce you to sides of Miami that you've likely never e...

Italian State-Run Museums Now Free to Everyone Under the Age of 18

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/05/2013, 2:00 AM

My thanks to Frommer's author Donald Strachan (who's currently hard at work on a new Frommer's guidebook) for spotting this one. Until now, non-European Union teens and children had to pay entrance fees at state-run museums. That changed on May 28th with a ministerial decree that these museums would now be open to all young people, no matter their nationality. Bravo! Of course, not all...

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