The British Museum was accused of exhibiting “pilfered cultural property” by a leading human rights lawyer who is calling for European and American institutions to return treasures taken from “subjugated peoples” by “conquerors or colonial masters”.
An ancient Maya monument damaged by erosion was brought back to life at a temple site in Mexico after a new version was recreated with 3D printing technology using Victorian-era copies preserved in the British Museum.
Greek president called on Monday for Britain to free the Parthenon marbles from the “murky prison” of its national museum, upping the rhetoric in a near 200-year-old campaign for the sculptures’ return.
Norwegian painter Edvard Munch’s most angst-filled moment may well not be represented by his best known work, ‘The Scream.’ Another painting in a British Museum exhibition holds the key to a moment of greater drama and violence in the Norwegian painter’s troubled life.
A new gallery of Islamic arts at the British Museum broadly explores the cultural impact of Islam on everyday life through art and material objects from the many lands and societies the religion has affected across continents and centuries.
British Museum director Hartwig Fischer is facing international backlash after defending an English nobleman's removal of sculptures from the Parthenon in the early 1800s as a 'creative act', and reiterated that the museum's trustees would not support repatriating them to Athens.
It is a striking object. The lyre, dating back to the 19th century, may not be the obvious draw for a prospective visitor to a gallery of the Islamic world, but in its wonderful complexity it illustrates the diversity of the works, places and ideas on display at the British Museum’s new Albukhary Foundation Gallery.
Human rights campaigners are becoming increasingly angry at a decision by Britain’s Natural History Museum to host a reception for Saudi Arabia’s embassy, saying the NHM should definitely cancel the event over growing concerns about Kingdom’s rights violations.