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Met Museum Sued for 'Tainted' $100M Picasso

It was sold by Jewish couple fleeing Nazis

(Newser) - A woman who says her relatives had no choice but to sell a Picasso when fleeing the Nazis in 1938 wants New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art to hand over the painting—or pay more than $100 million in damages. Laurel Zuckerman is the great-grandniece of German Jewish businessman... More »

9 Buzziest Looks at the Met Gala

Including a rare fashion misstep from Lupita Nyong'o

(Newser) - Last night's annual Costume Institute gala at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art featured, as it usually does, quite a few dramatic dress choices. The theme this year honored Vogue editor Anna Wintour and Charles James, a British-born designer "who revolutionized American fashion in the mid-20th century,... More »

Gwyneth Deems Met Gala 'So Un-Fun'

Apparently Costume Institute event did not live up to Paltrow's expectations

(Newser) - Apparently not even her bright pink gown could cheer up Gwyneth Paltrow at the Met costume gala . According to USA Today , the World's Most Beautiful Woman panned the swanky party as "so un-fun." In a quote that is attributed to her but thin in terms of details... More »

Madonna's Met Gala Look: No Pants

Plus: Tiger and Lindsey make romantic debut

(Newser) - Last night was the Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual Costume Institute gala, and you know what that means: Madonna showed up wearing no pants, Anne Hathaway showed up with bleached blonde hair, Kristen Stewart showed up with sad raccoon eyes and a matador pantsuit, and Kim Kardashian showed up... More »

NYC's Metropolitan Accused of Duping Museumgoers

Suit alleges Met is scheming to defraud public via admission fee

(Newser) - Before visitors to the Metropolitan Museum of Art can stroll past the Picassos, they must first deal with the ticket line and the posted $25 adult admission. That amount is merely the suggested donation—the word "recommended" is posted in smaller type just beneath it—but people, especially foreign... More »

Mystery Scream Buyer Revealed

Financier Leon Black paid $120M for Munch masterwork

(Newser) - The mystery buyer who paid a record-breaking $120 million for Edvard Munch's The Scream is New York City financier Leon Black, according to the Wall Street Journal , which says "several people close to the collector" have confirmed the buy. The billionaire chief of investment firm Apollo Global Management... More »

Weirdest Part of Met Gala: Tom Brady's Hair

And other fashion travesties...

(Newser) - TMZ has a theory on the ridiculous hairstyle Tom Brady was sporting last night at the Met Costume Institute Gala: It must have been Gisele Bundchen's idea. Or perhaps what People describes as "a freshly slicked semi faux hawk that slanted to the right" is just the... More »

Kid, 13, Catches Error at the Met

Museum working to fix Byzantine map

(Newser) - There was a mistake in a map at the Metropolitan Museum of Art—but nobody noticed until 13-year-old Benjamin Lerman Coady visited with his mom. The Connecticut seventh-grader and history buff was checking out a permanent exhibit on the Byzantine Empire when he spotted the problem: A map that purported... More »

White House, Met Hop Aboard Google Art Project

Online gallery now has works from 151 museums in 40 countries

(Newser) - The White House's art collection, all 139 pieces, is being added to the Google Art Project, as part of a major expansion of Google's online art initiative, reports CBS News . Other collections being added include the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery in London,... More »

Turkey to US Museums: We Want Our Stuff Back

Nation seeks return of looted antiquities

(Newser) - Turkey has taken note of how neighbors Italy and Greece have cajoled US museums into returning their long-lost antiquities, and it wants in. The government has asked four American facilities—the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Met, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and Harvard's Dumbarton Oaks collection—to return... More »

Celebs Walk Costume Gala Red Carpet

Sadly, no bunny ears in sight this year

(Newser) - Last year, there was a light-up dress ; in 2009, Madonna wore a kooky hat . From the looks of it, this year's Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala was not quite as crazy, but there were definitely some interesting looks. PopEater calls last night's fete "the year'... More »

17th-Century Painting Is a Velázquez, After All

Portrait of Philip IV goes back on display at the Met

(Newser) - A Velázquez painting of Spain’s Philip IV has been redeemed after more than three decades of uncertainty. In 1973, the work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was called inauthentic, likely the work of one of the Spanish master’s disciples. But after a year’s restoration, experts... More »

Frenchman to Met: Gimme Back My Cezanne

He claims Bolsheviks stole it from his family in 1918

(Newser) - A Cezanne masterpiece on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art actually belongs to a Frenchman's family, he alleges in a lawsuit. Pierre Konowaloff claims the Bolsheviks looted his grandfather's art collection after the Russian Revolution in 1918, and that "Madame Cezanne in the Conservatory," worth between $50... More »

New York Met Will Return Items From King Tut's Tomb

Artifacts were shipped to New York in 1948

(Newser) - The Metropolitan Museum of Art has agreed to return 19 items taken from the tomb of King Tut, the New York Post reports. The boy king's homeland of Egypt will get back a miniature bronze dog, a bracelet in the likeness of the sphinx, and various other figurines and bits... More »

Sculptor Louise Bourgeois Dead at 98

French-born US artist worked to the end

(Newser) - French-born American artist Louise Bourgeois has died, ending a career as an artist that stretched from the early 1920s until last week. The sculptor, who moved from Paris to New York City in 1938, worked with a wide variety of materials and was known for her unflinching approach to themes... More »

Tripping Visitor Rips Met Picasso

Museum repairing 6-inch tear

(Newser) - Manhattan's Metropolitan Museum of Art has removed a $130 million Picasso painting for repair after it was damaged when a visitor tripped and fell into the masterpiece. The accident resulted in a 6-inch tear in a corner of the 1904 painting "The Actor." Repairs are expected to be... More »

Met Yanks Mohammed Art

Is Metropolitan Museum of Art getting jihad jitters?

(Newser) - New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art may be burying its collection of Islamic art, all in the name of political correctness.Three ancient renderings of the prophet Mohammed are no longer on display. “This is typical of the Met—trying to avoid any controversy,” an inside source tells... More »

Museum Pioneer Thomas Hoving Dead at 78

He transformed role of curator while at the Met

(Newser) - Thomas Hoving, who helped transform the role of museum curator in his decade at the helm of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, died today. He was 78 and suffered from cancer. "I'm a goner,” he had told author Michael Gross , who broke the news on... More »

China To Scour Museums for Looted Art

Artifact team will hunt for Imperial Gardens booty

(Newser) - China is about to send teams of artifact hunters to the world's top museums to track down looted art treasures. They'll be on the lookout for art from the splendid Imperial Gardens of Yuan Ming Yuan, more commonly known as the Old Summer Palace, which was used by Chinese emperors... More »

Met Bares 1st Work by Michelangelo, 12

'St. Anthony Tormented by Demons' amazed young apprentice's master

(Newser) - A work believed to be Michelangelo's first painting has made its American debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Times reports. St. Anthony Tormented by Demons, a customized copy of a German print, is thought to have been painted in 1487 when Michelangelo was a 12-year-old apprentice... More »

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