The Secret History of Art
Noah Charney on Art Crimes and Art Historical Mysteries

The Secret History of Art – Noah Charney on Art Crimes and Art Historical Mysteries

Bled Film Festival: Feature Film Selection

The first annual Bled Film Festival begins this week, running June 17-21, on the fairy-tale site of Lake Bled, in Slovenia.  The Secret History of Art has the honor of being Selector of Feature Films, and is pleased to bring you the final film list for the eight films that will be screened as part of the juried prize competition.  For more information about the festival, visit

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Guardian Masterclass: “How To Write About Art”

I’m pleased to be teaching a Guardian Masterclass (workshops taught by Guardian writers) on “How To Write About Art,” which will be held in London at the offices of The Guardian on 4 October.  If any of you are in London and study, teach or write about art (from academic, trade, journalism or even fiction angles), you are most welcome.  I’ll be joined by my editor of art books at Phaidon, Diane Fortenberry.

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Slovenia vs Croatia: Sausage Wars

My latest article is in Hemispheres magazine, and deals with the battle over protected status for a Slovenian sausage, Kranjska klobasa, that is about much more than the nomenclature of pork…

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How To Get Published in English

The Secret History of Art is giving a free talk as part of Ljubljana’s festival this Thursday at the Filozofska Fakulteta of University of Ljubljana, at 2pm, in room 02A.  The subject is “How To Get Published in English,” and is a miniature version of my three-day seminar that I teach there each year.  All welcome!

On Bearded Ladies in Art, from Ribera to Eurovision

The Secret History of Art’s latest article is an art historical appreciation of bearded ladies, which ran today in The Art Newspaper.  Check it out here.

Technology against Art Looters

The Secret History of Art, along with many of his ARCA friends and associates, is quoted in this excellent New York Times article on how technology is helping to curb art looting.  Take a look here.

Bled Film Festival

This summer the fairy tale location of Bled, Slovenia will host the first annual Bled Film Festival

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Drinking Vodka with Bill Murray

My latest feature is on Slovenia vodka, the evolution of gourmet vodkas, the benefits of drinking via ice luge, and features my conversations with Bill Murray and Mikhail Baryshnikov.  Bottom’s up!

Interview: Jane Goodall

This week The Secret History of Art interviewed 80-year-old, world-famous naturalist, Dame Jane Goodall.  Check it out here.

Cultural Heritage Research Prize

The Secret History of Art is one of a select number of jury members for a brand new prize, established by the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy and former Italian Minister of Culture, Francesco Rutelli.  The Cultural Heritage Research Prize will be awarded annually to someone who distinguishes themselves in the field of cultural heritage protection and recovery.  The prestigious prize includes a substantial cash award as well.  Noah’s fellow jurors include Rutelli, Mounir Bouchenaki (special advisor to the UNESCO Director-General), Bonnie Burnham (President, World Monuments Fund), Jack Lang (former French Minister of Culture, now President, Institut du Monde Arabe), Giovanni Nistri (former Commander of the Carabinieri TPC, now Director, Great Pompeii Project), Peter Watson (writer), Hanna Pennock (Director General, ICOM), Ismail Serageldin (Director, Great Library of Alexandria), and Stefano de Caro (Director-General, ICCROM).

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