Met Lays Off 34, Saddam Hussein’s Former Palace Is Finally a Museum … And More

The Great Hall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Great Hall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The Metropolitan Museum of Art laid of 34 employees to try to make up part of its “widening deficit.” (Wall Street Journal)

The opulent palace in Basra formerly occupied by Saddam Hussein re-opened its door as an antiquities museum yesterday. (Artnet News)

First art exhibition dedicated to Oscar Wilde opens in Paris. The sprawling show includes “manuscripts, photographs, drawings, caricatures and personal effects,” according to Art Daily.

Anish Kapoor, whose purportedly vaginal sculpture in the gardens of Versailles was vandalized multiple times, recently claimed the crimes were an “inside job,” according to the South China Morning Post via The Art Newspaper. He was forced to clean up the statue at his own expense due to the antisemitic nature of the graffiti. He’s said the response of officials on site was “pathetic,” as well.

Did you know that the art that appeared in the background of the 90’s TV melodrama Melrose Place was part of a larger conceptual artwork by Mel Chin and a team of artists? Neither did we. Now you can see this work and learn about it. (New York Times)

Met Lays Off 34, Saddam Hussein’s Former Palace Is Finally a Museum … And More