Issue 266 - March 2015

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Kabakovs’ Cuban project provokes US government in election year Free

American children allowed to travel to Havana only after last-minute appeal

Russian church and state reach an accord Free

Access to returned churches guaranteed, as Putin gives historic icon to convent that was in a museum

Degas bronzes controversy leads to scholars’ boycott Free

Fears of legal action if authenticity questioned at Hermitage seminar

Royal Academy goes East

Singapore show

Government blocks export of Foucault archive

French institutions are confident they will raise €3.8m to buy the philosopher’s papers by 2015

Kabakovs’ Cuban project provokes US government in election year

American children allowed to travel to Havana only after last-minute appeal

Obama wins the art world’s support Free

Artists, dealers and collectors swell the candidates’ coffers

Kenneth Clark: the authorised view Free

Chairman of Sotheby’s UK to write long-awaited life of the grandest of grandees

David Roberts foundation to open in new building

Exhibition in three parts planned

One man chooses what goes on show

Westminster’s sculpture festival

Church and state reach an accord

Access to returned churches guaranteed, as Putin gives historic icon to convent that was in a museum

High hopes for France’s youthful new minister of culture Free

Decentralisation and wider access to culture are high on Aurélie Filippetti’s agenda

Historic library thefts in Naples may date back decades

Director and chief conservator of the Biblioteca dei Girolamini under police investigation; 1,000 books found in warehouse

First ever Art&Tourism fair attracts 4,500 travel pros

Innovative international event aims to reform Italy’s weak cultural sector

Polish-born collector to found museum

Works include Picasso and Van Gogh

Collector to build home for contemporary art

Around 20 works bought at Frieze NY

Facelift for Jeddah sculpture park

Jameel family leads the effort to restore and add to the 400-strong collection


Alighiero Boetti shows in London and Hong Kong Free

The Italian conceptual artist's work is on display in commercial galleries

Eyebrow-raising price hikes for Polish artists Free

Abbey House is part auction house, part gallery and part art fund. The value of its artists’ work has soared

Family says Scream sale is unethical

Descendants of former owner contend it must have been sold under Nazi duress

French heirs sue Serbia over seized paintings

Works held at Belgrade National Museum

Money-laundering rules mean more work for dealers Free

Brussels wants to lower amount of cash businesses can accept without asking questions

More than 900 works by UK forger may be undetected

Convicted gang is believed to have been the most prolific the country has seen

Fair or foul: more art fairs and bigger brand galleries, but is the model sustainable? Free

Many galleries acknowledge that supply is a problem, with artists under pressure to produce more work

Galleries in for the long-haul fare best at ArtHK

International dealers descended on the city, but those with ties to Asia sold the most

Sotheby’s pays top dollar for Hong Kong space

Firm opens a newly built facility and announces first-quarter results

Record after record falls (and not just for The Scream)

Prices at the auction houses continue to defy the global economic gloom, with contemporary works soaring

First Frieze New York is a hit, with dealers vowing to return

Best results for galleries who attended first edition anticipating conservative tastes

Right time, wrong place

Nada may have been in Chelsea, but everyone else was on the island

Sean Kelly expands his reach

The British-born dealer may be a reluctant power-player, but his new, larger space reflects his place in the pecking order


Marc magnificently presented at last

The publication of the Franz Marc catalogue raisonné overcomes the shortcomings of previous attempts

Only some gay art and artists allowed in

The pressures of institutional political correctness are evidently responsible for significant omissions in this account

The ecumenicity of iconophobia

Christian, Jewish and Muslim anxieties about images

Ottoman perspectives

This original and brilliant book describes how Western archaeology and archaeologists appeared to Turkish eyes

Great colour, plain texts

Stanley Spencer’s garden paintings are intriguing, and so too his letters—even more so, had his illustrations been printed

Now in clear view

The Wallace Collection’s glass and Limoges enamels

Braw Sassenachs

English drawings in the National Gallery of Scotland

French paintings lost and found

A record of extant paintings, this catalogue also reconstructs the historic collection

Not the last word, but pretty close

The pre-1400 Italian paintings in London’s National Gallery

Arma virumque cano

European arms and armour in the Wallace Collection

Sterling work

Silverware of the New York Historical Society surveyed

The gain in Spain

Evidence of the growing interest in Spanish drawings

When size is a handicap

Giant book proves awkward to handle


What the victory of the Left means for French culture Free

The biggest question mark obviously hangs over the size of the budget for Filippetti’s department, the most concrete expression of cultural policy

Will curse of Murdoch bring down UK minister?

Future of culture ministry also uncertain


The victory of the void, a defeat for the Taliban Free

The Bamiyan Buddhas will not be rebuilt, says Unesco. The architect Andrea Bruno proposes a scheme that focuses reverently on their absence

The victory of the void, a defeat for the Taliban

The Bamiyan Buddhas will not be rebuilt, says Unesco. The architect Andrea Bruno proposes a scheme that focuses reverently on their absence

Lascaux cave mould is modern problem

Air conditioning and biocide believed responsible for fungal growths

Priceless heritage at risk from extremists Free

Rebel group in control of Timbuktu desecrates venerated tomb and seeks to obliterate thousands of ancient manuscripts

“Bikini girls” World Heritage Site due to fully reopen

The Villa Romana del Casale, noted for its fine third- to fourth-century mosaics, has had an €18m makeover

Santiago to show true colours Free

Restoration of the portico of the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela is expected to begin in early 2013


Documenta goes global

For its 13th edition, the quinquennial German art festival has reached out from its Kassel base

“When you invite artists to Kassel, they don’t want to leave”

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev reveals some of Documenta’s secrets

To Flanders for a pit stop

Manifesta focuses on the effects of deindustrialisation

Fit for a queen

Joana Vasconcelos finds inspiration in Marie-Antoinette

Minor major

It is time to consider Cima da Conegliano

Misia: Queen of Paris

Musée d’Orsay, Paris, 12 June-9 September

The road to Cubism

A look at the avant-garde’s obsession with cycling

Santiago Calatrava: the Quest for Movement

State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, 27 June-30 September

Revolutionary promise

Vladimir Tatlin’s lost and never-built works take centre stage

Prodigious, prolific, phenomenal

Raphael’s last 17 years in Rome

Murillo’s man in Seville

The Spanish artist’s friendship with the priest Justino de Neve

Edward Hopper

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, 12 June-16 September

Fat, flesh and Leonardo

Jenny Saville’s beefy bodies go on show in Oxford

All smiles at the Serpentine

Yoko Ono cheers up London

Serpentine Pavilion 2012

Serpentine Gallery, London, 1 June-14 October

School’s not out for summer

Renowned artists lure us back to the classroom at the Hayward

Ink: the Art of China

Saatchi Gallery, London, 28 June-14 October

Edvard Munch: the Modern Eye

Tate Modern, London, 28 June-14 October

18th-century Warhols

The decorative qualities of the pop artist

Her Majesty’s best friend

The Queen’s glittering treasures

We Face Forward: Art from West Africa Today

Various venues, Manchester, 2 June-16 September

And the winner is...

The public decides which artist receives the Mohn Prize at LA’s first biennial

Treasures of the World’s Cultures

Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, until 17 July

An island breeze blows through New York

Focus on Caribbean art across the city

Caught in a moment

Rineke Dijkstra captures youth on the verge of adulthood

Ellsworth Kelly: Plant Drawings

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 5 June-3 September

More modern than we know

George Bellows’s unfamiliar work exposed

Unearthed: Recent Archaeological Discoveries from Northern China

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, 16 June-21 October

Napoleon: Revolution to Empire

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2 June-2 October

The beauty in all things

Objects from the past and the present come together

Against the grain

Lesser-known artists take centre stage at Sydney’s biennial

London landmarks focus on what they do best

With Frieze Masters on the horizon, this summer’s Old Master and antiques fairs have been working on their identities


The battle’s over: but does the new Barnes work? Free

The Barnes Foundation galleries, relocated to downtown Philadelphia, walk a fine line between nostalgia and modernity

How it all happened Show them the money

The battle for the Barnes pitted academic purists against wealthy populists

Baroda breeds printing, profanity and protest

Artists exploring controversial themes are flourishing in a corner of conservative Gujarat—but they can pay a high price

The Queen’s image: the reverential and the real Free

A new publication shows how depictions of Elizabeth II have changed over the past 60 years - from the remoteness and splendour of her early reign to later pictures portraying her as “one of us”. With Freud and Warhol she has even became contemporary art

The uncanny world of Philippe Parreno Free

The artist’s solo show at the Beyeler this month includes new films starring a black garden and a robotic Marilyn Monroe

Radical designs for an uplifting future from man who created Olympic cauldron Free

Whether he is creating a handbag or a power station, Thomas Heatherwick aims “to do what hasn’t been done before”

The book that became a museum

How the Nobel Prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk combines fiction and fact in the Museum of Innocence

Tracing Bernini’s fingerprints

A forthcoming exhibition uses an unprecedented combination of scholarship and science to reveal the touch of a master

Abramovic passes latest endurance test

A new film recounts the artist’s decades of arduous performances—and reveals a charming woman beneath the steely surface

The man who swapped hell for leather

How Winfred Rembert made a life outside jail as an artist


Gift to the Tate honours its director Free

The philanthropists Mercedes and Ian Stoutzker donate works by David Hockney, Lucian Freud, R.B. Kitaj, Peter Doig and George Shaw

Turkey turns up the heat on foreign museums Free

The list of antiquities demanded gets longer as more exhibitions are hit by the loans boycott

Political crisis adds to Greek museum woes

Fears grow for nation’s heritage as budgets halved, galleries shut and salaries cut

Thirty-year wait for Turner catalogue almost over?

The Tate says all detailed entries will be available online by 2014, but critics fear loss of scholarship

The Vikings are coming (twice)

Scotland springs a surprise on London with second touring exhibition

“Give as you go” boost for museums

Visitors could make small, instant donations on mobile phones

Dallas launches international programme Free

The museum is offering its expertise in exchange for the loan of works of cultural heritage

Ibizan museum reopens

Barceló and Flanagan to the fore

Rijksmuseum reignites bike-route row

Cyclists likely to go around Amsterdam museum when it finally reopens in 2013

Calabria avoids austerity

Museums gain millions while other regions suffer cuts

Swiss architect dropped by Warsaw

Site of Museum of Modern Art to be temporary McDonald’s

Guggenheim Helsinki might not be dead in the water

Plans narrowly rejected in vote but Green Party leaves wriggle room for disappointed mayor

Moscow to build Pompidou-style mega museum

High-rise vision for first national contemporary art space comes with a $161m price tag

We must remember Stalin’s victims

Prime minister backs museum of the Great Terror

Bailiffs call at National Gallery

Institution’s debts rise to €650,000

Colonial-era museum goes contemporary

Tasneem Mehta, the director of the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum, builds international links

National gallery gets permanent home

Art reflects islands’ economic growth