LOS ANGELES—Buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 79, an over-life-size bronze portrait of Tiberius (ruled A.D. 14–37) was discovered in 1741, during the first years of excavation at Herculaneum. On loan from the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples, this statue is the subject of the exhibition Tiberius: Portrait of an Emperor, on view at the Getty Villa October 16, 2013 through March 3, 2014. Brought to the Getty Villa for conservation and analysis last October, the sculpture provides an opportunity to re-examine the career and character of Rome’s second emperor. The exhibition has been co-organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples.
“Following the study and conservation project of the Apollo Saettantetwo years ago, we are delighted to once again be collaborating with our colleagues in Naples,” says Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. Read more.
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Sicily has canceled a major traveling exhibition of ancient treasures scheduled to open Sept. 29 at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
The cancellation comes several weeks after Sicilian cultural authorities complained publicly that the prolonged loan of important antiquities to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, where the show is now on view, was hurting the island’s tourism economy.
For the Cleveland museum, the second venue for “Sicily: Art and Invention between Greece and Rome,” the sudden loss leaves a large hole to fill in its calendar — and rising worries about the changing climate for international loan exhibitions. Read more.
An archaeological exhibition, touring Japan and now making a stop in Tokyo, is offering a breathtaking glimpse into the lifestyles and thoughts of people who inhabited the Japanese archipelago from prehistoric through medieval times.
Titled “Hakkutsu Sareta Nihon Retto 2013” (The excavated Japanese islands 2013), the exhibit is made up of 510 artifacts from 32 archaeological sites across Japan. The Agency for Cultural Affairs is one of the organizers, and The Asahi Shimbun Co. is among its sponsors.
A 2.8-centimeter-long, comma-shaped “magatama” jade bead and a bronze mirror are among the finds unearthed from the Inuyama Tenjinyama burial mound in Tokushima, the capital of Tokushima Prefecture. Read more.
A new exhibition at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia is causing diplomatic friction between Germany and Russia. “The Bronze Age of Europe: Europe Without Borders” features some German works of art that were looted by Russian soldiers at the end of World War II.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was in St. Petersburg for a summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, and the two leaders were on hand Friday at the Hermitage to open the exhibition. During the visit, Merkel reportedly called on Russia to return the looted items.
"It’s our opinion that these exhibition pieces should be returned to Germany," she said, according to Reuters. Putin reportedly replied that it was time to stop making repatriation claims. Read more.
Recent peaceful Viking rebrands are smashed in a vast and bloodthirsty show that will soon set sail for London
All around the hull of the longest Viking warship ever found there are swords and battle axes, many bearing the scars of long and bloody use, in an exhibition opening in Copenhagen that will smash decades of good public relations for the Vikings as mild-mannered traders and farmers.
"Some of my colleagues thought surely one sword is enough," archaeologist and co-curator Anne Pedersen said, "but I said no, one can never have too many swords."
The exhibition, simply called Viking, which will be opened at the National Museum by Queen Margrethe of Denmark on Thursday, and to the public on Saturday, will sail on to to London next year to launch the British Museum’s new exhibition space. Read more.
Hundreds of thousands of tourists from all over the world are expected to visit the spectacular 1,700-year-old Lod mosaic this summer at the Louvre, the first time an official Israeli exhibition will be displayed in the world’s most visited museum.
The spectacular Lod mosaic that was uncovered in an archaeological excavation by the Israel Antiquities Authority is on display starting tomorrow (Thursday) in the Cour du Sphinx (Sphinx Courtyard) in the Roman wing of the museum until August 19.
Approximately 700,000 visitors have attended exhibitions at five museums in the United States, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Only a number of private Israeli artists previously have been exhibited in the Louvre. Read more.
AVALON, CATALINA ISLAND - Few individuals connected with the history of Catalina Island lived a life as colorful and as riddled with contradictions and mystery as the archaeologist, Ralph Glidden. He called himself a “doctor,” but there is doubt that he ever graduated from high school. He excavated hundreds of the island’s Native American gravesites and sought respectability as an archaeologist. But he was a shameless promoter and shuffled hundreds of tourists through a “museum,” which he planned to crown with a massive 16-foot skull visible to visitors as they sailed into Avalon’s harbor.
He sold vast collections of human remains to prestigious museums, but exhibited remains with irreverence, as if they were a macabre form of decoration. Serious scientist or crass, unconscionable grave robber? It’s a question that will forever haunt the memory of Ralph Glidden. And it’s a question that lies at the heart of an exhibition slated to open on May 11th at the Catalina Island Museum: The Strange and Mysterious Case of Dr. Glidden. Read more.
An exhibition will be held to showcase the rare archaeological discoveries made in a Berkshire quarry and the stories behind them.
Among the finds at Kingsmead Quarry, Horton, were four Neolithic houses thought to make up one of the oldest settlements ever found in England.
Other finds at the site suggest people have used the area since the end of the last Ice Age, about 12,000 years ago.
The free exhibition will be at Wraysbury Village Hall on 27 April.
Archaeologists, who have been excavating on the site for 10 years, said the discovery of the 5,700-year-old Neolithic house foundations was “unprecedented”.
Dr Alistair Barclay, of Wessex Archaeology, said it was the first time more than one house from this time had been found on a single site in England. Read more.