Nick Cave has started a Museum of Important Shit… and you can be part of it

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Tuesday 25 November 2014

Sure, we can laugh when a sandwich that’s been half-eaten by a celebrity shows up on eBay and sells for an outrageous price. But even rock musicians can be fanatical too. At some point in Nick Cave’s semi-autobiographical documentary 20,000 Days on Earth, Cave and fellow Bad Seed Warren Ellis talked about how they once saw a foul-tempered Nina Simone went onstage and stared the crowd down, foreboding what was to be a miserable set — and then went on to stick her chewed gum on the piano, wiped her head with a towel, and went on to deliver an unforgettable performance.

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The unsung cleaners of Melbourne’s tourist hotspots

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Thursday 17 April 2014

Ever wondered what happens when the museums and theatres close for the evening? They get tended to by some of the hardest working people out there. Aussie photographer Greg Brigg’s series Melbourne Cleaners captures iconic settings such as Queen’s Hall in Parliament House and Melbourne Museum, to see just what happens when the tourists go […]

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Belgium is home to the world’s only Potato Fries Museum

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 13 November 2013

Belgium is known for its delicious pommes frites, so it’s no surprise that Bruges is home to the world’s first (and not surprisingly only) fries museum. Known as the Frietmuseum, this place is dedicated to educating the public on the history of potatoes and the production of Belgian fries.

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Iraq’s Museum of War Crimes (hardly a fun family trip)

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 7 November 2013

Amna Suraka is one of the main tourist attractions for Sulaymaniyah, the cultural capital of Iraq. Here is where visitors are guided through prisons and interrogation rooms that were in use during Saddam Hussein’s rule, with many students, dissidents and Kurdish nationalists being imprisoned if they attracted attention of Baathist authorities of northern Iraq. The […]

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Katherine Mangiardi

Ilana Kohn Reader Find

By Ilana Kohn in New Art on Tuesday 7 July 2009

I learned of the work of New York artist Katherine Mangiardi from the Merchant’s House Museum of all places. So appropriate. Mangiardi’s paintings of lace are unbelievably haunting, like the delicate, filmy fabric of a ghost, or like the painfully decaying lace of an antique dress. I also found her fabric installations at various historic museums around the East Coast rather beautiful. I find the idea of being able to set up an installation in a historic house pretty intriguing.

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Cornwell’s Museum of Witchcraft

Kira Heuer Reader Find

By Kira Heuer in Cool Travel on Friday 21 November 2008

Cornwall, England is considered a great weekend getaway for the over-worked under-played Londonite. So much to do! Hiking, horseback riding, castle touring, country pubbing, garden tours and my favourite, surfing! For those of you who find these past-times a bit prosaic and cliched, this little Cornish beach town is also home to the Museum of […]

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Zaha in Lithuania

Snell Reader Find

By Snell in Architecture on Wednesday 2 July 2008

Zaha Hadid has been announced as the winning architect for the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum, Vilnius, Lithuania. As with the rest of the Guggenheim Museums, the architectural boundaries are pushed. Zaha lets loose with her fluid, energetic architecture and has subsequently deemed the building to be the manifestation of the city’s new cultural significance. One wonders […]

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Virtual Shoe Museum

Derrick Stembridge Reader Find

By Derrick Stembridge in Cool Websites on Friday 16 May 2008

The Virtual Shoe Museum was initiated by Liza Snook in 2004. Once the idea was born, a long search began for designers, photographers and publishers connected to shoes. New friendships developed and their mailbox filled with loads of material on fantastic shoes, art and design on shoes. The Shoe featured above is the Electric Light […]

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Berlin’s Jewish Museum

Yuko Shimizu Reader Find

By Yuko Shimizu in Cool Travel on Saturday 15 December 2007

I’d never before seen a museum where the building itself is the attraction more so than what is exhibited inside. Built by Daniel Libeskind in 1999, the Jewish Museum in Berlin is worth a visit even if you are not an architecture fan.

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