Peace Corps donates collections to Smithsonian; Minority groups call on Dutch Royal House to ditch offensive painting

Peace Offerings: The Peace Corps is donating objects from volunteers to the political history collections of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. (AP via Washington Post)

Controversy: Politicians and minority groups urged the Dutch royal family to get rid of “Homage of the Colonies,” a painting they say is an offensive reminder of the Netherlands’ colonial past. The painting decorates one side of Queen Beatrix’s carriage. (AP via Washington Post)

Moving On: David Hallberg, a principal dancer with American Ballet Theater, is becoming the first American dancer to enlist permanently with the Bolshoi Ballet of Moscow. (New York Times)

Fraud: A painting that sold at auction last year in China for $11.4 million, thought to be a masterpiece by Chinese modern master Xu Beihong, has been denounced as a fake. (Art Info)

Ceremony: On Tuesday, 18 immigrants were naturalized in a ceremony to open the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. (New York Times)

Disputes: Legal drama surrounding the National Art Club intensified at a New York State Supreme Court hearing, where an injunction was issued to delay a hearing that could expel the club’s former president, O. Aldon James. (Wall Street Journal)

Katherine Boyle reports on arts, museums and culture for the Style section.

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