Japanese toilet giant Toto flipping open lid on new museum

Aug 27, 2015

Japanese toilet giant Toto flipping open lid on new museum

Japan’s leading toilet giant opens a new museum this week dedicated to a century of lavatories, from its first water-flushing model to the most cutting edge version with odor-neutralizers and variable water jets. The museum operated by Toto — best known for its bidet-equipped Washlet ...

Artist Banksy opens theme park at British seaside

Aug 21, 2015

Artist Banksy opens theme park at British seaside

Graffiti artist Banksy announced the opening of a dystopian theme park in a British seaside town on Thursday, featuring boats filled with migrants and an anarchist training camp. The “Dismaland” theme park is located in a derelict outdoor swimming pool center in Weston-super-Mare, a ...

Aug 13, 2015

Ernest Hemingway's Idaho house listed on national register

An Idaho house where Ernest Hemingway wrote his last works before killing himself in the main entryway in 1961 has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Nature Conservancy owns the two-story, 2,500-square-foot house in the central Idaho resort town of ...

Good grief! Tokyo Peanuts museum will only be temporary

Aug 3, 2015

Good grief! Tokyo Peanuts museum will only be temporary

The world’s second museum dedicated to Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang will open in Tokyo’s Roppongi shopping and entertainment district in March for a period of 2½ years, according to Sony Creative Products Inc., the comic strip’s exclusive agent ...

Artist Aida defiant over latest work

Jul 28, 2015

Artist Aida defiant over latest work

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Controversial artist Makoto Aida is refusing to bow to demands that he alter a politically sensitive submission to the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo after museum chiefs and Tokyo Metropolitan Government officials deemed it unsuitable for children. Aida, whose previous work includes pictures of ...

Meet the 'Sherlock Holmes' of the art world

Jul 10, 2015

Meet the 'Sherlock Holmes' of the art world

One man has become a behind-the-scenes force in the international art world after securing the return of art looted by the Nazis to the descendents of its original Jewish owners. The return of “Seated Woman” by Henri Matisse to the Rosenberg family was his ...

Rebuilt slave sites being unveiled at Jefferson's Monticello

May 3, 2015

Rebuilt slave sites being unveiled at Jefferson's Monticello

The first log slave quarters with dirt floors to be rebuilt at Thomas Jefferson’s home were formally unveiled Saturday at Monticello, and descendants of more than 100 slaves from the third president’s plantation marked the occasion in Virginia. Re-creating structures to represent slave life ...

May 1, 2015

Obama chooses Chicago to host his presidential library

President Barack Obama has chosen his hometown of Chicago to host his future presidential library, two individuals with knowledge of the decision said Thursday, placing the permanent monument to his legacy in the city that launched his improbable ascent to the White House. Obama’s ...

Portrait of Bach heading back to Leipzig

Apr 30, 2015

Portrait of Bach heading back to Leipzig

A portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach that was one of only two known to have been painted in Leipzig during his lifetime will return after more than 265 years to the German city where he worked and is buried. E.G. Haussmann’s 1748 portrait of ...