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The selfie museum: why big art galleries should take it seriously

Selfiemania has hit new heights with a wacky dedicated museum. So why are traditional galleries enforcing selfie stick bans – when it could put them out of business?

Selfiemania in art galleries has reached new heights of surreal comedy at a museum in Manila. Art in Island is a museum specifically designed for taking selfies, with “paintings” you can touch, or even step inside, and unlimited, unhindered photo opportunities. It is full of 3D reproductions of famous paintings that are designed to offer the wackiest possible selfie poses.

Meanwhile, traditional museums are adopting diverse approaches to the mania for narcissistic photography. I have recently visited museums with wildly contrasting policies on picture taking. At the Prado in Madrid, all photography is banned. Anything goes? No, nothing goes. Guards leap on anyone wielding a camera.

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Charles Dickens’ desk and chair saved for the nation

Furniture used by author while he wrote Great Expectations and The Mystery of Edwin Drood bought with grant from National Heritage Memorial Fund

The desk where Charles Dickens wrote Great Expectations and his final unfinished novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, has been saved for the nation.

The Charles Dickens Museum in London has been given a grant of more than £780,000 by the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) to buy the desk and chair which he used in his final home, Gad’s Hill Place in Kent.

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China’s biggest art collector: 13 of his golden age treasures – in pictures

The Qianlong emperor, fourth ruler of the Qing dynasty, was also a poet and one of China’s most prolific art collectors. The National Gallery of Victoria has borrowed more than 120 works from the Palace museum in Beijing to tell his story. Alongside fine 18th-century portraits by the Italian artist Giuseppe Castiglione, sit satin wedge shoes and a plate of tasty porcelain crab

A Golden Age of China: Qianlong Emperor 1736-1795 runs until 21 June

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Book ahead, Australia: tickets for Germaine Greer, Stephen Hawking, Australian festival of chamber music

In our weekly tout of the hottest shows just announced, book now to see Stephen Hawking lecture in Sydney, Germaine Greer talk art and gender, a controversial play about racial profiling, and classical music in paradise Continue reading…
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