Issue 266 - March 2015

News | Market | Books | Comment | Conservation | Exhibitions | Features | Museums |


UK museums vie for Vatican treasures

V&A will reunite Raphael’s Sistine tapestries with their cartoons for first time in 500 years

Art publisher accused of fraud

Art + Auction backer and Guggenheim trustee deny any wrongdoing

Dasha Zhukova thinks big

New museum planned for Moscow?

The public art you can’t photograph

Defendant says the work is not original enough to copyright

African art

Ethnologist’s love of beer immortalised

Director pledges to save Prospect biennial

Plans for “1.5” event and increased fundraising after second edition delayed

“Invest!” says report as politicians plan ahead

With the imminent poll set to be one of the closest in decades, cultural organisations go on the offensive

Give us our city back, say earthquake victims

A year after the disaster, the historic city of L’Aquila is inaccessible and wholly unrestored

Paris cuts new centre

Subsidy slashed

"If you talk too much, people stop listening”

The new director of the Art Fund on his plans to refocus the UK’s leading art charity

White light to dazzle London underground Free

The California artist will be creating Europe’s biggest neon installation in a tube station

Damien Hirst deals with dark thoughts about his own death

By keeping busy with shows in Mexico City, Berlin, Venice and Monaco

Old space, new use

Kienzle shows his art

Temporary fix for unloved Kulturforum

Berlin Senate plans green spaces and light displays to link its great institutions


“As I get older, I get more demanding, I only want the very best”

The old master dealer on market caution, setting the record straight with Colnaghi, and working for a very private collector

Down maybe, but a long way from out

For Art Dubai, caution was the watchword, while Art Paris made changes and Arco got caught in the headlamps

Could Maastricht’s big event sell the big tickets? Free

The most expensive items proved hard to shift, although dealers seemed content

Perrotin fights back

Versailles, Pinault and me: Perrotin answers the critics

Polaroid row hots up Free

Artists including Chuck Close join campaign to stop sale

Stuyvesant sale sets Dutch alight

Marathon saleroom session sees strong prices, though low estimates distort result

US airports could damage art

New security measures raise concerns over fragile works

Summer fairs line up for June battle

The demise of Grosvenor House has left a three-way fight for supremacy

The market finally starts to motor

But sales at most Armory Week events were patchy and doubts grow about the main fair’s future direction


Two tales of London’s National Gallery

A former director writes about his forebears, while an historian takes a wider view

The Russian sales of the century

The Soviet dispersal of works of art is detailed in this book

From profound to pretentious

Images of word play

Veg heads with a message

What was in the mind of Arcimboldo when he painted his famous pictures?

Convent culture

An evocation of the riches of Queen Leonor’s gifts to the Madre de Deus

I??n brief

Fashion and Armour in Renaissance Europe Angus Patterson V&A Publishing, £19.99 (hb) ISBN 9781851775811

The Meistersinger’s guide to work

The first ever English translation of Das Ständebuch

More illumination about the illuminations, please

The story of the Jaharis Lectionary falls between two stools

Cambridge’s treasures revealed

The first volume of illuminated manuscripts held by the university

How the wily old Master of Montauban reinvented narrative

A new appreciation of the sheer complexity of Ingres’s artistic strangeness

Good, but not yet good enough

The art world still awaits a definitive taxonomy of Van Gogh’s works

Diggers, dealers and dilettanti

New material for students of 18th-century taste, collecting, archaeology and the cultural exchange between Italy and Britain

From mechanics to gentlemen

The world where work and art met


Revising the gold standard of environmental control Free

There is an impasse preventing the world’s art museums from adopting less stringent standards

A lifetime’s observation of Elizabethan buildings summed up

Seductive for the newcomer and a standard reference book for scholars


Porcelain punch up

Dresden comes out fighting against claims of the English invention of china

Not so pale, but just as interesting

Colour fading in an Elizabeth I portrait gave a false impression of her complexion

Saving Snow White

The Getty and Disney join forces for plastics research project

C-prints fade into the light

Experimental process of the early 1990s is proving unstable

C-prints fade into the light Free

An experimental process of the early 1990s is proving unstable



“The objects of today are not interesting”

Claes Oldenburg on his love of things, the loss of his wife and whether to accept a commission for Abu Dhabi By Cristina Carrillo de Albornoz

Does Berlin really need another private museum?

Thomas Olbricht says yes—but he hopes it will be unconventional By Rita Pokorny

“The objects of today are not interesting”

Claes Oldenburg on his love of things, the loss of his wife and whether to accept a commission for Abu Dhabi By Cristina Carrillo de Albornoz

Street art documentary or creative hoax?

Banksy’s “Exit Through the Gift Shop” keeps us questioning his motives

“My responsibility is to hide from the viewer”

Damien Hirst speaks to Sky Arts but says little

Collecting with a prince’s purse

Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein’s museum in Vienna may be spending more than any other in the world By Martin Bailey

Bronze secrets of a leather-clad collector

Wallace curator gets more than he bargained for, a tribute to “Avalanche” magazine and Jagger as a fairy queen

Artists get a bad case of election fever

From gallery to voting booth, why De La Cruz has nothing on offer and Steve McQueen’s diplomatic credentials


Indianapolis relaxes climate controls Free

Leading directors have been questioning the scientific validity—and cost—of running air conditioning to the current standard specification

Greek bronze will stay in the Getty Villa

Museum rejects Italian judge’s decision because the Fano Athlete was found outside Italian waters

Greek bronze will stay in the Getty Villa Free

Museum rejects Italian judge’s decision because the Fano Athlete was found outside Italian waters

Blame game in Amsterdam

Structural problems delay Stedelijk again—builders take the flack

“Degenerate” art reunited

Folkwang rehangs paintings that made Hitler see red

Protests against Paris museum closure

Revamp of Bibliothèque Nationale threatens nation’s oldest collection

Artist’s house reopens after revamp

Leighton’s palatial Victorian home regilded and rehung

Something old, something new on Miami Beach

The Bass Museum’s director Silvia Karman Cubiñá on mixing contemporary art with ancient Egypt

Language barriers erected from Oslo to Prague

Sweden, Finland and Czech Republic disqualify non-native speakers from their top museum jobs

Japan’s love of exhibitions proves recession-proof

Change at the top of the European blockbuster tree in Paris, London and Moscow, but business as usual in New York