Tourism Decline Threatens Egypt’s Monuments, Happy 80th to Picasso’s ‘Guernica’!

Tourists take photographs in front of Egypt's famous Giza Pyramids on December 18, 2016 in Cairo, Egypt. Since the 2011 Arab Spring and continued terrorist attacks throughout the country, Egypt's tourism industry has been hit hard. As the country tries to rebuild a damaged economy and revive the tourism industry, an increase in terrorists attacks in the past two weeks, one which targeted police officers at a checkpoint in the Giza neighbourhood, could continue to see the tourism industry suffer.

Tourists take photographs in front of Egypt’s famous Giza Pyramids. Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Egypt has seen a significant drop in tourism since the 2011 revolution, resulting in a funding scarcity for the preservation and maintenance of its world famous monuments and historic sites. (Art Daily)

Pablo Picasso’s iconic Guernica painting turns 80 this year. To commemorate the occasion, Madrid’s Reina Sofia museum will mount the exhibition “Pity and Terror in Picasso: The Path to Guernica,” which is set to feature 150 works by the artist. (Art Daily)

Eight artists were arrested over the weekend for protesting China’s heavy air pollution in the city of Chengdu. (BBC)

Mikhail Piotrovsky, director of St. Petersburg’s State Hermitage Museum, is hopeful that a bill recently passed by the U.S. Senate could open the door for future U.S-Russian museum loans. The U.S. and Russia’s lending relationship has been frozen since 2011, but the new legislation, known as the Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Immunity Clarification Act, may soften the anxieties of lending institutions by ensuring artworks cannot be seized while on foreign soil. (Art Newspaper)

London’s Victoria and Albert Museum was evacuated on Tuesday following a bomb scare, but reopened later that afternoon. (Art Newspaper)

Tourism Decline Threatens Egypt’s Monuments, Happy 80th to Picasso’s ‘Guernica’!