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In this week’s edition


Police killings prompt a resurgence in political art

US artists are fighting back after the controversial deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown

Malian manuscripts rescued from the hands of Islamist rebels

Historical texts smuggled out of Timbuktu in cars, carts and canoes are on show in Brussels this week

India and Pakistan to share pavilion at Venice Biennale

Artists from across the political divide will show work in a historic joint presentation next year

More in news in the print issue:

  • How Reynolds "improved" a Rembrandt
  • Guggenheim Abu Dhabi to do 1960s onwards, the Louvre up to that date


MoMA talks about race

Show to reunite Jacob Lawrence’s 60-panel work about African Americans' Great Migration North

Barcelona elevates design to new level

Museu del Disseny brings together city's historic collections

Musée des Confluences in Lyons pays tribute to city’s great collector

Loans from Louvre and Musée Guimet grace the vast new museum's inaugural show

Writer and film-maker named first woman chair of London’s National Gallery

Hannah Rothschild has served on the board of trustees since 2009

More in museums in the print issue:

  • Musée d’Orsay reveals pick of its acquisitions
  • Marx’s Reading Room at the British Museum could stay shut for five more years


Egypt reopens Nefertari’s tomb as tourism falls

Minister increases public access in attempt to reverse post-revolution slump

Disney’s first Christmas film found in Arctic archive

An almost complete and restored copy of “Empty Socks” was screened in Norway this week

More in conservation in the print issue:

  • Land art is out in the open—and under threat
  • Reims repairs its war damage, a century on


The great African art buy-back

Angola-based businessman wants collectors to sell works to his planned museum—but only for the price they paid

More in market in the print issue:

  • Experts urge Egypt to confirm suspected museum thefts as Medieval mosque lamps come to market


Syria and Iraq’s neighbours can help contain looting

Securing the borders of the two war-torn countries could hamper the antiquities smugglers

More in comment in the print issue:

  • How private museums can end up baffling the public


Hoffmann, Loos and the flowering of Modernism in Vienna

Josef Hoffmann and Adolf Loos were instrumental in turning Vienna into a modern capital. Both architects were born in 1870, not far from each other, in what is now the Czech Republic. They attended the same technical college in Brno and counted the architect Otto Wagner as one of their most important influences. But they also had their differences. Loos, who was a major proponent of functionalist architecture, publicly criticised Hoffmann for his use of ornamentation. He also condemned the concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk, a hallmark of Hoffmann’s designs and of those by his colleagues in the Viennese Secession and the Wiener Werkstätte… READ MORE

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30% off tickets to London Art Fair

London Art Fair is the UK’s premier Modern British and contemporary art fair. Before 31 December, you can save 30% on tickets with code LAF804. The advance ticket price is £14, with the code £10*. Tickets on the door cost £20. Book now

*Applies to standard day tickets only; booking fees apply


Call for applications

International artist-residency programme: Public Art Experience—BEHAVE. International residencies from three to nine months at a historic steel-production site in Luxembourg. Click here for details.








In the December print edition:

  • Middle East must tackle looting 
  • Fonthill Abbey, the great Gothic folly, rises again
  • Special report: 2014—the year in review

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