Prague Named Most Art Nouveau City, Huntington Library Plans Expansion—and More

The Municipal House in Prague is one of the most prominent Art Nouveau buildings in the city.

The Municipal House in Prague is one of the most prominent Art Nouveau buildings in the city. (Photo: Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Prague named leading European city for Art Nouveau architecture. On The Guardian’s list of the top ten cities to see striking examples of the early 20th century architecture trend known for its nature-inspired designs and curvy lines, Prague took the top spot.

Huntington Library’s American art gallery expansion is one of the largest in the U.S. The 5,000-square-foot expanded wing, due to open in October, will cost $10.3 million and add eight rooms and a new glass entrance to the San Marino. Calif. institution. A release for the project notes the addition could be the country’s second largest display of American art, “second only to Arkansas’ Crystal Bridges,” the mammoth project by the Walmart heiress Alice Walton.

Experts warn that Islamic State’s damage to the ancient Syrian city of Palymra can’t be fixed. Syrian expert for the UN Annie Sartre-Fauriat is “very doubtful” Palmyra and its monuments can be restored to the condition they were in prior to the IS’s 10-month occupation. During that time, significant sites such as the Temple of Bel and the shrine of Baal Shamin were destroyed completely.

Miami developers go head to head over new downtown museum project. Proposals from art collector Gary Nader and real estate developer Jorge Perez are the top two choices to build a 2.6-acre cultural center for Miami Dade College that would include a theater, conference center and museum.