Museum Secrets

“Inside every museum, behind each treasure, a secret you’ve never heard…” Their tagline suggests all the mystery and discovery one wants to find waiting inside the halls of the museum.

Museum Secrets does exactly what it says, takes you on a behind-the-scenes tour through museums around the world. How many of us would die for to wander in the basements or have the story behind our favorite pieces expanded on.  Now on it’s 3rd Season, Museum Secrets is finally available for US consumption on the Smithsonian channel.

The wonderful folks behind the show were kind enough to send us some clips to the first few episodes from season 3. Enjoy!

In Canada: Season 3 of Museum Secrets, is now premiering on HISTORY TV (Canada).
In the US: Season 1 & 2 are now being broadcast on the Smithsonian Channel.
For international viewers: The website is also live at with short videos from 22 museums!


Episode notes:

Visited by one and half million people every year, the Uffizi is one of the oldest art museums in the western world, boasting paintings and sculpture by the greatest masters of the Renaissance.

In this episode, we re-examine the famous conspiracy against Lorenzo de Medici – godfather of the Renaissance – to discover who was really pulling the strings. We rediscover a long lost martial art, then descend into a crypt to hunt for the bones of a notorious artist. We find out why a wild boar’s nose is a good luck charm, then visit an alchemist’s sanctuary to investigate his cause of death. And finally, we reveal what happened in Florence during the final days of World War Two, when the fate of the museum hung in the balance.

Museum Secrets

Michelangelo Pistoletto at the Philadelphia Museum of Art


Strolling into the contemporary wing at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, I stumbled onto the current installation of Michelango Pistoletto’s Tavolo Mediterraneo Love Difference (Mediterranean Table Love Difference).  Pistoletto’s tables in the shapes of seas from across the globe will be on view. These “mediterranean” tables metaphorically represent the spaces that exist in the “middle of land,” places whose in-between character provides a conceptual platform for conversation and exchange across cultures.

Starting November 2, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will host ‘Michelangelo Pistoletto: From One to Many, 1956–1974′.  This is huge, Michelangelo Pistoletto is one of the most influential contemporary artists in Europe; this will be his first major solo exhibition in the United States in over 20 years. This exhibition will present the artist’s current work from his interdisciplinary laboratory, Cittadellarte—the name of which implies both a fortified enclave and a city of art. They’ll also be showing over 100 of Pistoletto’s work that deal with postwar sociocultural transformations of Italy, Western Europe, and North America.

Michelangelo Pistoletto:
From One to Many, 1956-1974

Michelangelo Pistoletto:

November 2, 2010 – January 16, 2011

Philadelphia Museum of Art
26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130

The Museum will be hosting a variety of activities and programs to accompany the exhibits:

Scultura Da Passeggio – A Restaging of Pistoletto’s Walking Sculpture
Saturday, October 30, 1 p.m.
Join the procession as Michelangelo Pistoletto rolls a giant ball of newspapers made by Spiral Q Puppet Theater through Philadelphia, beginning at the Museum’s West Entrance—rain or shine! The artist will recreate his seminal action Walking Sculpture, first performed in 1967 on the streets of Turin. Free and open to the public.

Three Conversations with Michelangelo Pistoletto, Germano Celant, and Carlos Basualdo
Saturday, October 30, 5 p.m.; Sunday, October 31, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. 
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear two of the founding voices of Arte Povera—art critic and curator Germano Celant and artist Michelangelo Pistoletto—in conversation with Carlos Basualdo, The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Curator of Contemporary Art. In three sessions over two days, they will cover Pistoletto’s early work in the context of Italian art in the late 1950s, the artist’s role in the Arte Povera movement, and his current work in relation to Italian and contemporary art. Free after Museum admission; ticket required.

posted by Ginger Rudolph